Delia Falconer

Delia Falconer, born in Sydney in 1966, is an Australian novelist who became famous for her bestselling novel, The Service of Clouds. She has been nominated for multiple literary awards in recognition for her work.

Delia Falconer
Alma mater
  • Novel
  • non-fiction
  • essay
Notable awards


Falconer is an only child of two graphic designer parents. She studied for her undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney. She completed a PhD in English Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne.[1]

She is the author of the novels The Service of Clouds and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers (which was republished in Australian paperback as The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers and Selected Stories). She also wrote Sydney, a personal history of her hometown for the Australian Cities series.[2] A nonfiction work, Signs and Wonders, was published in 2021.[3]

She frequently publishes essays, journalism, and reviews in newspapers and journals.[4][5][6][7] Her stories and essays have been widely anthologized, including in The Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature.[8][failed verification]

As of 2019 she was a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Technology Sydney.[9] She has served as judge of a number of literary awards, including the Calibre Prize (2015), Stella Prize (2017) and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards (2017).[9]

Recognition and awardsEdit

In 1998, Falconer was the recipient of Marten Bequest Scholarship.[10]

Falconer was described by Australian critic Peter Craven, in The Best Australian Stories 1999, as "The young Australian writer who has arguably done most to put her signature on the literature of this country".[citation needed]

Falconer's books have been shortlisted for major Australian and international prizes across the fields of fiction, nonfiction, innovation, history, and biography.[3][11]

In 2018 she won the Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism for "The Opposite of Glamour" which was published in the Sydney Review of Books.[12]

Selected worksEdit


  • The Service of Clouds, Macmillan, 1997, ISBN 978-0-330-36027-2
  • The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers, Picador, 2005, ISBN 978-0-330-42179-9


As editorEdit

  • The Penguin Book of the Road, an anthology of stories of the road (Camberwell: Penguin, 2008)
  • The Best Australian Stories 2008 (Melbourne: Black Inc, 2008).
  • The Best Australian Stories 2009 (Melbourne: Black Inc, 2009).


  1. ^ Falconer, Delia (1995), Vanishing points : mapping the road in postwar American culture, retrieved 6 May 2018
  2. ^ "Reintroducing the City Series in Paperback! :: NewSouth Publishing". Archived from the original on 10 April 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b Falconer, Delia (29 September 2021). Signs and Wonders. Simon & Schuster AU. ISBN 9781760857820. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  4. ^ Falconer, Delia (September 2015). "The rag trade". The Monthly.
  5. ^ Falconer, Delia (6 September 2006). "Roadkill". The Monthly.
  6. ^ Falconer, Delia. "Go ape: Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey [review]".
  7. ^ Falconer, Delia (25 October 2013). "Fond vignettes in chapter and verse". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  8. ^ "Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature". Allen & Unwin. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Delia Falconer | University of Technology Sydney". University of Technology Sydney. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Recipients Of Our Co-investment Opportunities". Australia Council for the Arts. 18 October 2021. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  11. ^ Metherell, Gia (1 May 2012). "National Biography Award finalists". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  12. ^ "Dr Delia Falconer wins 2018 Walkley-Pascall Award". University of Technology Sydney. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2019.

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