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Michelle de Kretser (born 11 November 1957) is an Australian novelist who was born in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), and moved to Australia in 1972 when she was 14.[1]

Michelle de Kretser
Born (1957-11-11) 11 November 1957 (age 61)
Colombo, Ceylon
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
Notable awardsMiles Franklin Award (2013, 2018)
Christina Stead Prize for Fiction (2008, 2014, 2019)
PartnerChris Andrews


Education and literary careerEdit

De Kretser was educated at Methodist College, Colombo,[2] and in Melbourne and Paris.

She worked as an editor for travel guides company Lonely Planet, and while on a sabbatical in 1999, wrote and published her first novel, The Rose Grower. Her second novel, published in 2003, The Hamilton Case was winner of the Tasmania Pacific Prize, the Encore Award (UK) and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Southeast Asia and Pacific). Her third novel, The Lost Dog, was published in 2007. It was one of 13 books on the long list for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for fiction. From 1989 to 1992 she was a founding editor of the Australian Women's Book Review. Her fourth novel, Questions of Travel, won several awards, including the 2013 Miles Franklin Award, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal (ALS Gold Medal), and the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for fiction. It was also shortlisted for the 2014 Dublin Impac Literary Award. Her 2017 novel, The Life to Come, was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. This novel won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction at the 2019 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards. This is the third time Michelle has won this award and equals Peter Carey's record of wins.[3]




  1. ^ "De Kretser, Michelle". AustLit. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Where she comes from". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ "The Stella Interview: Michelle de Kretser on The Life to Come · The Stella Prize". The Stella Prize. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ Jefferson, Dee, Arts editor (29 April 2019). "'I wanted to help change the conversation': History of Aboriginal archaeology wins literary prize". ABC News. Retrieved 29 April 2019.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)

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