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Tony Maniaty Tony Maniaty i(A7130 works by) (a.k.a. Anthony Maniaty)
Born: Established: 1949 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Tony Maniaty was born to a Greek father and an Anglo-Australian mother. His early life was spent in and around the family's corner stores. During his Cold War childhood in Queensland he dreamed of escaping to foreign lands and becoming a writer. From 1967 he worked as a radio and television journalist for ABC News, Radio Australia, SBS Australia, Visnews, the BBC World Service and Monitoradio in the United States.

Maniaty's coverage of the political turmoil and fighting in Timor in 1975 inspired his first novel, The Children Must Dance (1984). His travels in Turkey and Greece formed the basis for Smyrna (1989). He became Senior Advisor on Programme and Policy Development for ABC News and Current Affairs, as well as Communication Manager with the Australia Council for the Arts. Maniaty has also worked as screenwriter, photographer and reviewer.

Most Referenced Works

Notes

  • Author writes in these languages: ENGLISH

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Smyrna : A Novel Ringwood : Penguin , 1989 Z11588 1989 single work novel

'In 1922, the great Mediterranean seaport of Smyrna is ablaze: the Greeks are forced from Asia Minor in defeat. Among the refugees is Theo Tekaros, whose long journey ends in Australia. 'I was a lost soul; you'd better believe it. . .' He meets Trixie at a wartime dance, and falls in love.

'Sixty years later, their son Harry, a radio journalist deserted by his wife, heads back to Greece and Turkey in search of his father's beginnings, the past. A perpetual beginner, he is captivated by two women: an elderly bookseller in Constantinople and a Greek theatre actress. Like a latter-day Ulysses blown miles off course, Harry falls in love too. But the fabric of truth is delicate, he discovers, and mysteries abound on this planet of possibilities.' (Publication summary)

1990 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
Night Comes In 1988 single work short story
— Appears in: Fictions 88 1988; (p. 10-13)
1988 runner-up ABC / ABA Bicentennial Literary Award For the State of the Art Short Story Award
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