Gerald Murnane was born in Coburg, a northern suburb of Melbourne, in 1939. After spending some of his childhood in country Victoria, he returned to Melbourne in 1949 where he lived for sixty years. He has left Victoria only on a few occasions, and has never been on an aeroplane. His first novel Tamarisk Row, was published in 1974. He has since produced multiple novels and a collection of essays.
After the death of his wife in 2009 he moved to Goroke (pop. 623) in north-west Victoria. It is here he is the secretary of the local golf club and helps at the local Mens' Shed.
In 1999 Gerald Murnane won the Patrick White Award and in 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. While his name does not always provoke the recognition of other contemporary Australian authors, he is considered by many to be one of Australia's greatest writers who could seriously be considered a contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature.
'I always dreamed that I would read a book that would be absolutely everything that I've wanted, and because I didn't find that book, I wrote it myself. I don't mean one particular book. I mean my collected works.'
Gerald Murnane, 2015 Interview
On our shelves:
- Border districts (Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, 2018)
- A History of books
- A Lifetime on clouds - with an introduction by Andy Griffiths
- A Million windows
- The Plains - with an introduction by Wayne Macauley
- Coetzee, J.M. 2017, 'Reading Gerald Murnane', Late essays 2006-2017, North Sydney, N.S.W.: Knopf, pp. 259-272.
- Murnane, Gerald, 2019, 'The Full story', The Weekend Australian Review, February 2-3, pp. 16-17.
- Salusinszky, Imre, 'Gerald Murnane', Dictionary of literary biography, vol. 298: Australian writers 1950-1975, Detroit: Thomson Gale, pp. 232-293.
- Mental places: a conversation with Gerald Murnane. Publisher and critic Ivor Indyk in conversation with Gerald Murnane, Giramondo Publishing, June 2016 [40:39]
- The Still breathing author - Gerald Murnane, Writing and Society Research Centre, April 5 2018. [55:22]
- Koval, Romana, 2018, 'Gerald Murnane: a date with destiny' 8 April.
- Fisher, Jamie, 2018, 'The relentlessly introspective vision of Gerald Murnane', The Washington Post, 28 March
- Silcox, Beejay, 2017, 'Beejay Silcox reviews 'Border Districts' by Gerald Murnane, Australian Book Review, no. 397, December 2017
A History of books
- Craven, Peter, 2012, 'At wan with poetry'. A history of books' The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 June
- Heyward, Will, 2012, 'A History of books by Gerald Murnane', Readings, 15 May
- Foster, Tristan, 2018, 'Scenes from Gerald Murnane's golf club', The Paris Review, January 26
- 'Goroke author Gerald Murnane shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award for latest novel, Border Districts' Naracoorte Herald: Local News, July 16 2018.
- Maloney, Blair 2018, 'Another world in this one: Encountering Gerald Murnane in Goroke',
- Stinson, Emmett, 2018, 'Gerald Murnane: one of Australia's greatest writers you may never have heard of', The Guardian, 5 April
Criticism and interpretation:
- Evenson, Brian, 2018, 'The Strange brilliance of Gerald Murnane': Brian Evenson on 'Stream System and Border Districts', Chicago Review of Books, July 25
- West, Patrick, 2016, 'Productive difficulties: The pedagogy of Gerald Murnane: Invisible yet Enduring Lilacs: essays, The Journal of Australian Writing Programs, vol. 10 no. 1 Griffith University - Griffith Research Online