Jolley Prize 2013 (Winner): 'Leaving Elvis' by Michelle Michau-Crawford

I walk in the door and Gran tells me that a month ago Leslie Mulligan was taken by a shark while trying to save a stranger. Imagine, a national hero. She actually says that. As though dying in a world of pain in an ocean filled with his own blood was a heroic choice.

Read the rest of this article by subscribing to ABR Online for as little as $10 a month.

We offer a range of subscription options, including print, which can be found by clicking here. If you are already a subscriber, enter your username and password in the ‘Log In’ section in the top right-hand corner of the screen.

If you require assistance, contact us or consult the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Published in October 2013, no. 355
Michelle Michau-Crawford

Michelle Michau-Crawford

Michelle Michau-Crawford lives in Western Australia. She has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature and is currently finishing her first novel.

Comments (5)

  • Leave a comment

    I thought about entering this year's competition before reading your wonderful story.
    Thank you

    Tuesday, 07 April 2015 07:38 posted by  John Renner
  • Leave a comment

    A topical and so-Australian story, which covers fifty years or so of a woman's life, and yet reveals so much of the history of her country. A fine story; I like the introduction and relevance of Julia Gillard'\.

    Monday, 17 February 2014 00:57 posted by  Betty Birskys
  • Leave a comment

    Beautiful, sad, and topical. Loved it. Worthy winner.

    Monday, 04 November 2013 01:31 posted by  Louise
  • Leave a comment

    Such a powerful and moving story. So many issues weaved throughout and it's easy to see why it's a winner.

    Friday, 01 November 2013 16:28 posted by  Chris Mack
  • Leave a comment

    A fine story which I enjoyed very much.

    Wednesday, 02 October 2013 01:14 posted by  Lori J Young

Leave a comment

Please note that all comments must be approved by ABR and comply with our Terms & Conditions.

NB: If you are an ABR Online subscriber or contributor, you will need to login to ABR Online in order to post a comment. If you have forgotten your login details, or if you receive an error message when trying to submit your comment, please email your comment (and the name of the article to which it relates) to We will review your comment and, subject to approval, we will post it under your name.