Michelle de Kretser
|Born||1957 (age 63–64)|
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
|Notable awards||Miles Franklin Award (2013, 2018) |
Christina Stead Prize for Fiction (2008, 2014, 2019)
Education and literary career
She worked as an editor for travel guides company Lonely Planet, and while on a sabbatical in 1999, wrote and published her first novel, The Rose Grower. Her second novel, published in 2003, The Hamilton Case was winner of the Tasmania Pacific Prize, the Encore Award (UK) and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Southeast Asia and Pacific). Her third novel, The Lost Dog, was published in 2007. It was one of 13 books on the long list for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for fiction. From 1989 to 1992 she was a founding editor of the Australian Women's Book Review. Her fourth novel, Questions of Travel, won several awards, including the 2013 Miles Franklin Award, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal (ALS Gold Medal), and the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for fiction. It was also shortlisted for the 2014 Dublin Impac Literary Award. Her 2017 novel, The Life to Come, was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize, and won both the Miles Franklin Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. This is the third time Michelle has won this award and equals Peter Carey's record of wins.
- 2004 – Encore Prize for The Hamilton Case
- 2004 – Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South-East Asia and the Pacific for The Hamilton Case
- 2005 – Tasmania Pacific Award for The Hamilton Case
- 2007 – Liberatur Award for The Hamilton Case
- 2008 – New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards – Christina Stead Prize for fiction and Book of the Year for The Lost Dog
- 2008 – ALS Gold Medal for The Lost Dog
- 2013 – Miles Franklin Award for Questions of Travel
- 2013 – ALS Gold Medal for Questions of Travel
- 2013 – Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction Prize for Questions of Travel
- 2013 – Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction Prize and Premier's Prize for Questions of Travel
- 2014 – New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards – Christina Stead Prize for fiction and Book of the Year for Questions of Travel
- 2018 – Miles Franklin Award for The Life to Come
- 2019 – New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards – Christina Stead Prize for fiction for The Life to Come
- The Rose Grower (1999)
- The Hamilton Case (2003)
- The Lost Dog (2007)
- Questions of Travel (2012)
- Springtime (2014)
- The Life to Come (2017)
- On Shirley Hazzard (2019)
- "De Kretser, Michelle". AustLit. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Where she comes from". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
- "The Stella Interview: Michelle de Kretser on The Life to Come · The Stella Prize". The Stella Prize. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
- Jefferson, Dee, Arts editor (29 April 2019). "'I wanted to help change the conversation': History of Aboriginal archaeology wins literary prize". ABC News. Retrieved 29 April 2019.