"The Magic Pudding is a pie, except when it’s something else, like a steak, or a jam donut, or an apple dumpling, or whatever its owner wants it to be. And it never runs out. No matter how many slices you cut, there’s always something left over. It’s magic.”
The Magic Pudding, Norman Lindsay
The Magic Pudding is a classic of Australian children’s literature. The story tells of a magic pudding that keeps rejuvenating after being eaten. It is the pudding that keeps on giving and the book is appropriately divided into slices rather than chapters.
Some say Norman Lindsay wrote it to settle an argument with a friend who believed children were only interested in fairies – Lindsay reckoned they would prefer to read about food. Whatever the reason, The Magic Pudding was born – or should we say baked – in 1917 and has since been translated into Japanese, German, French and Spanish.
Have your pudding and eat it too
As a passionate supporter of Australian literature, there’s a strong chance Miles Franklin had The Magic Pudding on her bookshelf. Not just because the book is an Australian classic, but because of the story’s poignancy. Just like The Magic Pudding, her legacy would be defined by a gift for perpetuity.
Miles Franklin isn’t just recognised for her novel My Brilliant Career, but also for establishing the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Her initial endowment of almost £9,000 has been actively managed to grow to more than $1.45 million today (July 2023). Her giving has supported some brilliant Australian novelists including Thomas Keneally, Tim Winton, Alexis Wright and Michelle de Kretser. The annual award was worth £500 in the inaugural year of 1957 when won by Patrick White.
Ingredients of a magic pudding
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