There are no major surprises this year with the most prestigious literary prize in Australia, The Miles Franklin Award, going to Anna Funder for her novel All That I Am. This book has already won almost every literary award available in Australia, and it has been lavished with much praise here and abroad .
All That I Am has been described as “a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places”. The novel is based on the life of a real German heroine Dora Fabian, who was one of a group of German dissidents during the years of Hitler’s rise to power. She, and most of the group were eventually exiled to London where they continued their fight against the Nazis. Dora’s tragic story is remembered and retold many years later by her close childhood friend Ruth Blatt. Although it is a fairly unknown part of German history, this story is original, gripping and unforgettable. Check our site for a great interview with Anna Funder who explains how she came across this story and how she made it into this award winning novel.