UWA Publishing congratulates John Hughes on his longlisting for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award for his fantastic novel, No One, released last year. No One is one of ten longlisted titles for this year's Award.
“This year's Miles Franklin longlist is a mix of established and newer Australian authors. Their novels give voice to a diversity of Australian characters whose common feature is their location on the margins, whether geographical, familial or societal. They explore the ripples and repercussions of childhood trauma, the healing power of friendship, and the unshakeable presence of the past.” said Richard Neville, State Library of NSW Mitchell Librarian.
Praise for No One
John Hughes’s vivid, dark, intensely beautiful new novella No One is an unprecedented excursion into the nightmares of our colonial unconscious.
- Geordie Williamson in The Australian, July 2019
In No One, the echoes and traces that drive the narrator’s quest to find out who or what he collided with on the fateful evening have as much to do with the legacy of Australia’s colonial history and treatment of the original owners of the land as they do with the events that define his own traumatic history.
- George Kouvaros for Sydney Review of Books, August 2019
Like all good fiction, this novella tells more than one story.
No One is about the fractured identity of Australian society, delivered with an allegorist’s sensibility.
- Jack Cameron Stanton in The Sydney Morning Herald, June 2019