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‘The First Week’, winner of the 2012 Unpublished Manuscript category of the SA Festival Awards at Adelaide Writers Week . 

Shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award 2014, Australian Society of Authors.

Shortlisted for the new writing category of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2014.

Shortlisted for the Onkaparinga People’s Choice Award 2015

Longlisted for a Nita Dobbie Award 2014

Available from Wakefield Press

Her son’s actions shatter Marian’s life. As the days pass she is haunted by layers of grief rising like the salt of the degraded earth. The novel has its roots in the ancient landscape of southern Western Australia. It is the story of a journey from the country to the city and back again, a journey that will change Marian forever.

Shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award 2014, Australian Society of Authors. Judges’ report

Shortlisted for the new writing category of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2014. Judges’ report

Shortlisted for the Onkaparinga People’s Choice Award 2015

Longlisted for a Nita Dobbie Award 2014.

Reviews

M, McEwan in SCAN  Review

Sue Terry on Whispering Gums  Review  and for an interesting discussion on the same website of white writers writing Indigenous characters see  Discussion

Lisa Hill on ANZ LitLovers LitBlog  Review

Anna Solding in Indaily  Review

Pat Pledger in Read Plus and Opinion (SA English Teachers Association) Review

Emily Sutherland in Transnational Literature November ’13: The First Week

Katherine England in The Advertiser 26/10/13: … the very human and believable characters ensure that the reader remains engaged, stimulated and often moved.

William Yeoman in The West Australian 24/9/13: It’s an impressive debut, its trajectory tautly stretched over a compact frame that nevertheless allows for expansive character development.

See http://blogs.flinders.edu.au/flinders-news/2012/03/05/merrilees-manuscript-wins-award

Interviews and readings:

Writers’ Radio, 7 October 2013: https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/program/writers-radio/

Radio Adelaide Breakfast, 3 October 2013: https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/first-week-mag-merrilees/

Radio Adelaide Arts Breakfast, 7 Sept 2013:  https://radio.adelaide.edu.au/margaret-merrilees-the-first-week/

5MBS interview Emily Sutherland, 4 Sept 2013:

Cath Kenneally interviews Margaret Merrilees on Writers’ Radio 1 June 2012: Writers’ Radio Interview