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David Malouf

b. 1934

David Malouf (b.1934), educated at Brisbane Grammar and the University of Queensland, left Australia at the age of 24 and remained abroad for a decade, teaching in England and travelling throughout Europe. After returning to Australia in 1968 he taught English at the University of Sydney and began to publish poetry – his first collection was the 1970 volume Bicycle and Other Poems. His first novel, the acclaimed Johnno, appeared in 1975. Since turning to writing full-time in 1977 Malouf has published five further books of poetry, three libretti – including an adaptation of Patrick White’s Voss (1978) for the Australian Opera – and an autobiography, 12 Edmonstone Street (1985). He is best known, however, for his novels. An Imaginary Life won the 1979 NSW Premier’s Literary Award; Fly Away Peter won the Age Book of the Year Award in 1982; The Great World won the Miles Franklin Award in 1990; Remembering Babylon was shortlisted for 1994’s Booker Prize; The Conversations at Curlow Creek was nominated for the 1997 Miles Franklin Award. His non-fiction essays include On Experience (2008) and The happy life (2011). He became a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2008. His most recent book, Ransom (2009) retelling the last eight books of the Iliad, is already on the Victorian school syllabus. Having divided his time between residences in Australia and Tuscany for some years, he now mostly lives in Sydney.

Updated 2018