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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.

Library Resources


Short Stories

  • 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.



Collected works

  • 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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For criticism and interpretation of David Malouf:

Criticism and interpretation can also be found in:

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.

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From the Writers on Writers series - On David Malouf by Nam Le


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