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Elliot Perlman Elliot Perlman i(A16168 works by)
Born: Established: 1964 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Elliot Perlman is the son of second-generation Jewish Australians of East European descent. He was educated in Melbourne and graduated from Monash University with degrees in economics and law. Perlman was called to the Bar in 1997 and while working as a barrister, he experimented with short stories.

His novels have attracted a range of award nominations and wins, and two (Three Dollars and Seven Types of Ambiguity) have been adapted to film and television. He has twice been shortlisted and once longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.

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y separately published work icon Maybe the Horse Will Talk Sydney : Vintage Australia , 2019 17490749 2019 single work novel

'‘I am absolutely terrified of losing a job I absolutely hate.’

'Stephen Maserov has problems. A onetime teacher, married to fellow teacher Eleanor, he has retrained and is now a second-year lawyer working at mega-firm Freely Savage Carter Blanche. Despite toiling around the clock to make budget, he’s in imminent danger of being downsized. And to make things worse, Eleanor, sick of single-parenting their two young children thanks to Stephen’s relentless work schedule, has asked him to move out.

'To keep the job he hates, pay the mortgage and salvage his marriage, he will have to do something strikingly daring, something he never thought himself capable of. But if he’s not careful, it might be the last job he ever has…'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 longlisted Indie Awards Fiction
y separately published work icon The Adventures of Catvinkle Melbourne : Puffin , 2018 14730620 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'When a pampered cat has to share her home with a lost dog, sparks are set to fly. To her surprise, Catvinkle starts to like Ula. She even tells Ula her three secrets. But a cat and a dog can’t be friends – can they?

'A tail-spin of a tale that will make you howl with laughter – and remind you that if you aren’t open to adventure, you might never meet your best friend.'  (Publication summary)


2019 shortlisted Children's Peace Literature Award
2019 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon The Street Sweeper North Sydney : Vintage Australia , 2011 Z1796895 2011 single work novel 'How breathtakingly close we are to lives that at first seem so far away.

'From the civil rights struggle in the United States to the Nazi crimes against humanity in Europe, there are more stories than people passing each other every day on the bustling streets of every crowded city. Only some survive to become history.

'Recently released from prison, Lamont Williams, an African American probationary janitor in a Manhattan hospital and father of a little girl he can't locate, strikes up an unlikely friendship with an elderly patient, a Holocaust survivor who had been a prisoner in Auschwitz-Birkenau. A few kilometres uptown, Australian historian Adam Zignelik, an untenured Columbia professor, finds both his career and his long-term romantic relationship falling apart. Emerging out of the depths of his own personal history, Adam sees, in a promising research topic suggested by an American World War II veteran, the beginnings of something that might just save him professionally and perhaps even personally. As these two men try to survive in early twenty-first-century New York, history comes to life in ways neither of them could have foreseen. Two very different paths - Lamont's and Adam's - lead to one greater story as The Street Sweeper, in dealing with memory, love, guilt, heroism, the extremes of racism and unexpected kindness, spans the twentieth century to the present, and spans the globe from New York to Melbourne, Chicago to Auschwitz.

'Epic in scope, this is a remarkable feat of storytelling.' (From publisher's website.)
2013 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2012 shortlisted Australian Booksellers Association Awards Booksellers Choice Award
2012 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year
2012 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2012 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2012 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2012 winner Indie Awards Fiction
2011 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction
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