On a literary night of nights Josephine Wilson took home the Miles Franklin Literary Award for her novel Extinctions. Hailed by the judging panel as a clever and compassionate novel, the story follows protagonist Fred Lothian’s experiences with ageing, adoption, grief and remorse; rescue and also resistance to rescue.

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Also in attendance at the prestigious event were fellow shortlist nominees Emily Maguire (An Isolated Incident), Mark O’Flynn (The Last Days of Ava Langdon), and Philip Salom (Waiting). Ryan O’Neill (Their Brilliant Careers) was unable to attend.

Sky News journalist Kieran Gilbert acted as master of ceremonies for the evening, and previous two-time winner Alex Miller (The Ancestor Game, Journey to the Stone Country) spoke on both the impact of winning the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and in commendation of the 60th anniversary.

Photo: James Brickwood as originally appeared in The Age, Melbourne, 08 Sep 2017

Josephine Wilson celebrating her win with Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling. Photo: Daivd McKelvey