Michelle de Krester is an Australian novelist who was born in Sri Lanka. She was educated in Colombo, Paris and Melbourne.  While working as an editor for Lonely Planet travel guides she wrote and published her first novel The Rose Grower.  She was also a founding editor of the Australian Women's Book Review (1989-1992).

Library resources

On our shelves:



The Hamilton case

The Life to come

The Lost dog

Questions of travel

  • Juers, Evelyn, 2013, 'Tripped up, tripped out: Questions of travel by Michelle de Kretser', Sydney Review of Books,  January 29.
  • Moorhouse, Frank, (2013), 'Questions of travel by Michelle de Kretser, review by Frank Moorhouse', The Guardian,  June 17.

The Rose grower




Web resources


Christian Stead Prize for Fiction 2014

Miles Franklin

N.S.W. Premier's Literary Award 2014

  • Rice, Deborah, (2014), 'Michelle de Kretser's Questions of travel wins Book of the Year at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, ABC News, May 19


  • Michelle de Kretser by Weng Ho Chong (2013), National Portrait Gallery.  Accompanying text includes a short biography of the author