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

October 2013, no. 355

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

October 2013, no. 355

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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Comments (5)

  • I thought about entering this year's competition before reading your wonderful story.
    Thank you
    Posted by John Renner
    07 April 2015
  • 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'\.
    Posted by Betty Birskys
    17 February 2014
  • Beautiful, sad, and topical. Loved it. Worthy winner.
    Posted by Louise
    04 November 2013
  • Such a powerful and moving story. So many issues weaved throughout and it's easy to see why it's a winner.
    Posted by Chris Mack
    01 November 2013
  • A fine story which I enjoyed very much.
    Posted by Lori J Young
    02 October 2013

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