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.

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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)

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

    Monday, 04 November 2013 01:31 posted by  Louise
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    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
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    A fine story which I enjoyed very much.

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

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