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Miles Franklin Award Winner -Josephine Wilson

In a year when the Miles Franklin Literary Award celebrates its 60th anniversary, it is fitting the 2017 winning novel should address the themes of ageing and survival.

Ms Wilson will receive $60,000 in prize money for her novel, which the judging panel described as “compassionate and unapologetically intelligent”.

“In Extinctions, Josephine Wilson explores ageing, adoption, grief and remorse, empathy and self- centredness,” said chair of the judging panel and State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian Richard Neville.

Wilson’s Extinctions was selected from a shortlist of five first-time nominees, which also included Emily Maguire, Mark O’Flynn, Ryan O’Neill and Philip Salom.

She becomes the fifth Western Australian writer to take out the top prize, joining the likes of Randolph Stow, Elizabeth Jolley, Kim Scott (two-time winner) and Tim Winton (four-time winner).

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