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Michael Sala Michael Sala i(A109677 works by)
Gender: Male
Heritage: Dutch
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BiographyHistory

Originally from Holland, Michael Sala has lived in Newcastle where he undertook PhD studies. He was subsequently appointed as a lecturer in creative writing at Newcastle University.

His manuscript Memory Vertigo was shortlisted for the Vogel in 2007, and his fiction has continued to attract award attention, including winning the NSW Premier's Literary award for new writing for The Last Thread, which was also shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2016 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Grants Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $40,000.00
2014 shortlisted Hal Porter Short Story Competition for Dynamic tension
2011 Literature Board Grants Grants for Emerging Writers $25,000 for fiction writing.

Awards for Works

The Restorer 2017 single work novel

'After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy, bringing their eight-year-old son Daniel and his teenage sister Freya with her. The family move from Sydney to Newcastle, where Roy has bought a derelict house on the coast. As Roy painstakingly patches the holes in the floorboards and plasters over cracks in the walls, Maryanne believes, for a while, that they can rebuild a life together. But Freya doesn't want a fresh start - she just wants out - and Daniel drifts around the sprawling, run-down house in a dream, infuriating his father, who soon forgets the promises he has made. Some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows between Roy and Maryanne until their uneasy peace is ruptured - with devastating consequences.' (Publication summary)

2018 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
2018 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
The Last Thread 2012 single work novel 'The Last Thread is Michael Sala's fascinating life in fiction. From his early years in the Netherlands to growing up in Australia during the 1980s, Michael recalls the secret surrounding his estranged Greek father and how scandalous events from the past fractured his family. This is a moving chronicle of a boy's turbulent relationship with his bullying stepfather, aloof older brother and adored mother, whose cheerful apathy has devastating consequences. As his life unfolds, Michael - now a father - must decide if he can free himself from the dark pull of the past.' (From the publisher's website.)
2013 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards UTS Award for New Writing
2013 shortlisted International Awards Commonwealth Book Prize
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