Sofie Laguna has won the 2015 Miles Franklin literary award for her novel The Eye of the Sheep. The novel tells the moving story of a family’s difficulties raising a young son with a learning disability. The prize was awarded in Melbourne on Tuesday night.
Laguna’s novel stood out from a diverse longlist and then conquered a five-book shortlist that included three other women authors. The Eye of the Sheep also made the longlist for the Stella Prize, an Australian literary award open only to women authors.
Laguna studied law and acting before turning to writing. She was previously best known for her popular children’s books. The Eye of the Sheep is her second novel written for adults.
The Miles Franklin award is Australia’s top literary prize, and it comes with a cash award of $60,000 Australian (about $46,240 U.S.). Laguna joins a prestigious list of past winners that includes 2014 winner Evie Wyld, who took home the prize for her novel All the Birds, Singing.
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