David Malouf is a prize-winning Australian author and poet. His father came from Lebanon in the 1880s and his mother's family came from London just before World War 1. David Malouf was born in Brisbane, and he was educated and taught in Queensland before leaving Australia at the age of 24.
Returning to Australia in 1968 he took up full-time writing in 1978. His work has won many awards, including the 1991 Commonwealth Writers Prize and Miles Franklin Literary award for The Great World . He has also been shortlisted for 1993 Man Booker and the 1996 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Remembering Babylon.
David Malouf now lives in Sydney.
- Fly Away Peter
- The Great World
- Harland's Half Acre
- An Imaginary Life
- Remembering Babylon
- Dream stuff
- Modern Short Stories edited by Philip Gardner and Nat Newmark. This collection includes David Malouf's The Empty Lunch-Tin. The story is accompanied by activities and detailed notes to help students.
A study of David Malouf's short story fiction can be found in Australian short fiction: a history by Bruce Bennett; pp.248-262.
- Lives and observations: a century of Australian non-fiction edited by Deb McPherson. In the chapter devoted to 'Our Environment and Landscape" an extract Malouf's 12 Edmonstone Street', is studied along with work by Jill Ker Conway, Judith Wallace, Sir Arthur Streeton's letters to Tom Roberts and C.E.W. Bean.
- The Australian Long Story edited by Mandy Sayer. This collection includes The Valley of Lagoons by David Malouf.
- An Open book
- The Best Australian poems 2003. This selection includes the following poems by David Malouf. The Green tavern, On the Road, Last words of the Emperor Hadrian, The Spin: Amberley, 1951 - Like our first paintbox and Afterword.
- Earth hour
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- Britannica Online
- eLibrary - General author/title search
- ProQuest Newsstand - Book Reviews, interview transcripts etc
For criticism and interpretation of David Malouf:
- Dictionary of Literary Biography, volume 289: Australian, writers, 1950-1975. David Malouf (20 March 1934 - ) by Brigid Rooney; pp.214-222.
Criticism and interpretation can also be found in:
- David Malouf by Ivor Indyk, from the Oxford Australian writers series
- David Malouf: a celebration compiled by Ivor Indyk
- David Malouf: Johnno, short stories, poems, essays and interview, edited by James Tulip
- Facing writers: Australia's leading writers talk with Dagmar Strauss
- A History of Australian literature by Ken Goodwin. Chapter 9. Mid-century directions.
- Writers in Action: the Writer's Choice evenings edited by Gerry Turcotte. David Malouf's 12 Edmonstone Street, pp.43-62.
Also from Insight: guides to the Year 12 HSC complete course for English
- Insight '85 - David Malouf's An Imaginary Life. pp 87-96. Please note: this book is the property of English Faculty- ask at the desk if you wish to work from this book.
- Insight '86 - David Malouf's Fly Away Peter, pp.41-50.
- Insight '87 - David Malouf's Johnno; pp.pp.178-186.
Online Study Guides
- David Malouf: Biography
- Criticism and brief analysis of Malouf's work from eNotes.
- Insight Text Guides: Ransom [10 page PDF]
- VCE Study Guides: Ransom
- David Malouf. ABC Local Conversations with Richard Fidler. Audio download (49:03) 26th March, 2014.
- David Malouf at 80 with Ramona Koval, The Monthly Book, April, 2014.
- David Malouf by Colm Toibin. BOMB 101, Artists in Conversation. Fall 2007, (12 November 2014)
- David Malouf at The Wheeler Centre with Ramona Koval. (01:01:20) 17 March 2014
- Romei, Stephen, 2018, ''Hang on there, Junior': David Malouf refuses to be held ransom to writing novels or a memoir, as he tells Stephen Romei', The Weekend Australian Review, September 29-30, pp. 8-9.
From the Writers on Writers series - On David Malouf by Nam Le
- Williamson, Geordie, 2019, 'A poetic prose: Le admires Malouf's determination to celebrate all that is worth preserving in the Western tradition', The Weekend Australian Review, April 27-28, pp. 16-17.
- British Council: Contemporary Writers - David Malouf. This site includes bibliography, prizes and awards as well as a critical perspective.
- ABC Radio National's The Book Show - Download the audio and a transcript with the author about his book Ransom.
- The Guardian - Review by Tom Holland of Ransom
The Wheeler Centre