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Amra Pajalić Amra Pajalić i(A86122 works by)
Born: Established: Melbourne - West, Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Amra Pajalic was born in the western suburbs of Melbourne. In 2001 Pajalic commenced her Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing and Editing at the Council of Adult Education, and later completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sydney. Her first novel The Good Daughter, was shortlisted the 2007 Victorian Premier's Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript, and won the 2009 Melbourne Prize for Literature's Civic Choice Award, and was also a finalist in that same year in the Melbourne Prize for Literature Best Writing Award. Pajalic has co-authored and was the Project Manager of 'What A Muslim Woman Looks Like' a government funded resource profiling Muslim women.

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y separately published work icon Coming of Age : Growing Up Muslim in Australia Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2014 6740732 2014 anthology autobiography young adult

'Muslim people in Australia come from over seventy countries and represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences. Yet we are constantly bombarded by media stories feeding one negative stereotype. What is it really like to grow up Muslim in Australia? In this book, famous and not-so-famous Muslim-Australians tell their stories in their own voices.

'The migrant, the convert, the participant in an arranged marriage - these are all familiar images associated with Muslim people. But delve deeper and there are many other stories: the young female boxer entering the ring for her first professional bout; a ten year old boy who renounces religion; a young woman struggling to reconcile her sexual identity with her faith. These honest and heartfelt stories will resonate with all readers, providing different snapshots of Muslim life in Australia, dispelling myths and stereotypes, and above all celebrating diversity, achievement, courage and determination.' (Publisher's blurb)

2015 shortlisted CBCA Book of the Year Awards Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
y separately published work icon The Good Daughter : A Novel Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2009 Z1601539 2009 single work novel young adult Fifteen-year-old Sabiha has a lot to deal with: her mother's mental health issues, her interfering aunt, her mother's new boyfriend, her live-in grandfather and his chess buddy, not to mention her arrogant cousin Adnan. They all want to marry her off, have her become a strict Muslim and speak Bosnian. And Sabiha's friends are not always friendly. She gets bullied by girlfriends and is anxious about boyfriends, when she just wants to fit in. But two boys, Brian and Jesse, become the allies of this fierce and funny girl.
2009 winner Melbourne Prize Civic Choice Award
2009 finalist Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award
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