Michelle De Kretser i(45 works by)
Born: Established: 1957
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Sri Lanka,
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South Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1972
Heritage: Sri Lankan
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BiographyHistory

Michelle de Kretser migrated to Australia with her family in the early 1970s. After completing high school, she studied French at the University of Melbourne. de Kretser subsequently taught for a year at Montpellier and enrolled for an MA in Paris. After returning to Australia, de Kretser worked for many years as an editor for the travel publisher, Lonely Planet. She was also a founding editor of the Australian Women's Book Review (1989-1992). In the late 1990s de Kretser used long-service leave from Lonely Planet to write her first novel, The Rose Grower (1999). Her second novel, The Hamilton Case, appeared in 2002. She continues to work as an editor and reviewer.

Awards for Works

Questions of Travel , 2012 single work novel

'A mesmerising literary novel, Questions of Travel charts two very different lives. Laura travels the world before returning to Sydney, where she works for a publisher of travel guides. Ravi dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events.

'Around these two superbly drawn characters, a double narrative assembles an enthralling array of people, places and stories - from Theo, whose life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman determined to reinvent herself in Australia.

'Award-winning author Michelle de Kretser illuminates travel, work and modern dreams in this brilliant evocation of the way we live now. Wonderfully written, Questions of Travel is an extraordinary work of imagination - a transformative, very funny and intensely moving novel.' (From the publisher's website.)

2014 shortlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2014 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2014 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Fiction
2014 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2014 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Community Relations Commission Award
2013 shortlisted Indie Awards Fiction
2013 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2013 winner Australian Literature Society Gold Medal
2013 shortlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
2013 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2013 winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2013 winner Miles Franklin Literary Award
2013 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction
2013 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize
The Lost Dog , 2007 single work novel mystery

'Tom Loxley is holed up in a remote bush shack trying to finish his book on Henry James when his beloved dog goes missing. What follows is a triumph of storytelling, as The Lost Dog loops back and forth in time to take the reader on a spellbinding journey into worlds far removed from the present tragedy.

'Set in present-day [2007] Australia and mid-twentieth century India, here is a haunting, layered work that brilliantly counterpoints new cityscapes and their inhabitants with the untamed, ancient continent beyond. With its atmosphere of menace and an acute sense of the unexplained in any story, it illuminates the collision of the wild and the civilised, modernity and the past, home and exile.' (Publisher's blurb)

2009 longlisted International Awards Women's Prize for Fiction (UK)
2008 shortlisted South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book
2008 shortlisted Barbara Jefferis Award
2008 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2008 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Book of the Year
2008 winner Australian Literature Society Gold Medal
2008 longlisted International Awards Booker Prize (UK)
2008 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2008 shortlisted Australia-Asia Literary Award
The Hamilton Case , 2003 single work novel crime historical fiction 'Having come of age on the island nation of Ceylon, Sam Obeysekere is a lawyer whose life is guided by the British culture that dominates his homeland. Educated at Oxford, with a dazzling career in his sights, Sam is more English than the English. Only his flamboyant, unruly mother, exiled to a jungle estate, reminds him of his family's real heritage and a different set of home truths. Sam's undoing arrives in the form of the Hamilton case, a scandalous murder that shakes the upper echelons of island society. Guided by grandiose visions of Sherlock Holmes, he becomes convinced he can solve the mysterious case - and that his good standing with the English will insulate him from the unrest the case has exposed. In the end, Sam grapples with a life that has been "a series of substitutions," the darkest of human misfortunes.'--BOOK JACKET.
2007 winner International Awards Frankfurt Literaturpreis
2005 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2005 winner Tasmania Pacific Region Prize Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize
2004 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Award for Fiction
2004 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book
2004 winner International Awards Encore Award
2004 second International Awards Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Awards Fiction
2003 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction Prize
2003 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction