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Patrick Allington Patrick Allington i(A33829 works by)
Born: Established: South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Patrick Allington grew up in South Australia, and was educated at The University of Adelaide, which awarded him a Masters in Politics and a PhD in Creative Writing.

He is a writer of short fiction and novels. His writing has appeared in Meanjin, Griffith Review, The Big Issue, Southerly and elsewhere.

As a book critic, Patrick's interests include fiction, current affairs, culture, biography and history. His critical writings appear regularly in Australian Book Review and The Advertiser (Adelaide), and have appeared in The Monthly, The Weekend Australian and elsewhere. Patrick was inaugural fiction editor of the Melbourne-based literary magazine, Etchings.

He is also a Member of the Australian Society of Authors, PEN, and the South Australian Writers' Centre.

(Adapted from author's website)

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2021 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Individuals and Groups
2021 recipient JUNCTURE Fellowship
2015 shortlisted Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for his project about the writings of David Malouf.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Rise and Shine Melbourne : Scribe , 2020 18465500 2020 single work novel fantasy

'Each morning, the last humans start their day with graphic footage from the front. This is what sustains them — literally. In a world where eight billion souls have perished, the survivors huddle together apart, perpetually at war, in the city-states of Rise and Shine. Yet this war, far from representing their doom, is their means of survival. For their leaders have found the key to life when crops, livestock, and the very future have been blighted — a key that turns on each citizen being moved by human suffering. The question is, with memories still bright of all the friends they’ve lost, all the experience they’ll never know, will compassion be enough? Or must they succumb to, or even embrace, darker desires?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2022 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Fiction
y separately published work icon Figurehead Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2009 Z1604791 2009 single work novel

'What if you saved a man's life and he went on to play a leading role in one of the bloodiest revolutions of modern times?

Ted Whittlemore, a radical Australian journalist, does just that. In the late '60s, he saves Nhem Kiry, soon to become known as "Pol Pot's mouthpiece". The consequences haunt him for the rest of his days. When the Khmer Rouge take power in Cambodia, Whittlemore watches, fascinated and horrified, as the ideals he holds dear are translated into unfathomable violence. In the intervening decades, as he tries to make sense of what went wrong, it is as if Kiry's life has become intertwined with his own.

In this gripping novel, Patrick Allington takes readers deep into the world of power politics and agents of influence. He enters the worlds of Nhem Kiry and Ted Whittlemore, and with humour, intelligence and an unfailing moral sense, brings them to life.

Figurehead is about guilt and memory, and the awful distance that separates dreams from reality. It is about those people who, as George Orwell said, are "always somewhere else when the trigger is pulled"'. (From the publisher's website.)

2010 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
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