Commonwealth Foundation Book Prize

Australian author Michael Sala has won the Pacific region Commonwealth Foundation Book Prize for his work, The Last Thread.

The Commonwealth Foundation is a writers collective that operates in 5 regions, Africa, Asia, Canada & Europe, Carribean and The Pacific, to “inspire writers, storytellers and a range of cultural practitioners to work for social change”.

 “I’ve always felt that the best writing crosses international boundaries, and that has always been my ambition with my own writing. To be acknowledged so early in my career is just incredibly exciting. With such diversity and talent on the shortlist, I feel honoured and humbled to be selected as a regional winner.  I can’t thank the Commonwealth Book Prize enough for this wonderful opportunity to get my work out into the wider world.” – Michael Sala

 The Last Thread is an autobiography, Sala’s life in fiction – From his early years in the Netherlands to growing up in Australia during the 1980s, Michael recalls the secret surrounding his estranged Greek father and how scandalous events from the past fractured his family. This is a moving chronicle of a boy’s turbulent relationship with his bullying stepfather, aloof older brother and adored mother, whose cheerful apathy has devastating consequences. As his life unfolds, Michael, now a father, must decide if he can free himself from the dark pull of the past.

The Commonwealth Foundation book prize searches for the best in upcoming novels from the 5 regions. The winners include:

 Regional Winner, Africa
Sterile Sky, E.E. Sule (Nigeria)

Regional Winner, Asia
Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka)

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Regional Winner, Canada & Europe
The Death of Bees, Lisa O’Donnell (United Kingdom)

Regional Winner, Caribbean
Disposable People, Ezekel Alan (Jamaica)

Regional Winner, Pacific
The Last Thread, Michael Sala (Australia)

The Commonwealth foundation also has a prize for short stories, which will be published in Granta magazine. The 2013 winners are:

Regional Winner, Africa
The New Customers, Julian Jackson (South Africa)

Regional Winner, Asia
The Sarong-Man in the Old House, and an Incubus for a Rainy Night, Michael Mendis (Sri Lanka)

Regional Winner, Canada & Europe
We Walked On Water, Eliza Robertson (Canada)

Regional Winner, Caribbean
The Whale House, Sharon Millar (Trinidad and Tobago)

Regional Winner, Pacific
Things with Faces, Zoë Meager (New Zealand)

 

 

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