Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser

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Michelle de Kretser (born circa 1958) is an Australian novelist who was born in Sri Lanka but moved to Australia when she was 14.

She was educated in Melbourne and Paris, and published her first novel, 'The Rose Grower' in 1999. 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). '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.

Average rating: 3.09 · 2,841 ratings · 556 reviews · 8 distinct works · Similar authors
Questions of Travel
3.09 of 5 stars 3.09 avg rating — 1,555 ratings — published 2012 — 17 editions
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The Hamilton Case
3.1 of 5 stars 3.10 avg rating — 503 ratings — published 2003 — 17 editions
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The Lost Dog
2.99 of 5 stars 2.99 avg rating — 491 ratings — published 2008 — 17 editions
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The Rose Grower
3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 161 ratings — published 1999 — 9 editions
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3.13 of 5 stars 3.13 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Lonely Planet Brief Encount...
2.64 of 5 stars 2.64 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1998
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Springtime: A Ghost Story
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The Glass-Blowers
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 1,219 ratings — published 1963 — 29 editions
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“We believe the explanation we hear last. It's one of the ways in which narrative influences our perception of truth. We crave finality, and end to interpretation, not seeing that this too, the tying up of all loose ends in the last chapter, is only a storytelling ruse. The device runs contrary to experience, wouldn't you say? Time never simplifies - it unravels and complicates. Guilty parties show up everywhere. The plot does nothing but thicken.”
Michelle de Kretser, The Hamilton Case

“The past was not always past enough here. It was like living in a house acquired for its clean angles and gleaming appliances, and discovering a bricked-up foor at which, faint but insistent, the sound of knocking could be heard.”
Michelle de Kretser, The Lost Dog

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