Steven Carroll has been awarded the prestigious 2008 Miles Franklin Award for his novel Time We Have Taken, published by Harper Collins Australia.

Accepting the award Carroll said ‘It’s an extraordinary thrill and an honour – but it’s also daunting to be joining a long list of authors whom you’ve either studied or admired for years. The Miles Franklin comes with the gravitas of a whole literary tradition, and you feel that weight almost instantly.’

The Judging Panel praised the work as a ‘poised, philosophically profound exploration of the question, a stand-alone work that is moving and indelible in its evocation of the extraordinary in ordinary lives.’

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