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Melina Marchetta

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Sydney, Australia


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Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature. This was followed up by Finnikin of the Rock in 2008 which won the Aurealis Award for YA fantasy, The Piper's Son in 2010 which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier's Lit Award, NSW Premier's Lit Award, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, CBC awards ...more

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Melina Marchetta I started writing this novel in 2013, before the rise of ISIS and worldwide terror attacks. But our response to 21st century terrorism certainly…moreI started writing this novel in 2013, before the rise of ISIS and worldwide terror attacks. But our response to 21st century terrorism certainly shaped it. It’s unashamedly a criticism of the treatment of minority groups at different periods in history, no different to my past work. Post September 11 it’s been the Muslim community, but every generation has someone to hate or persecute. During World War 2 it was anyone who came from a country fighting against the allies. My grandfather, at the time, was an Italian-born Australian citizen, but he was taken away from his wife and children and put in a camp three thousand km from his hometown. For me, the novel was very much inspired by false imprisonments such as the Guildford Four and the Memphis Three and the Central Park Five. Truth/Devil starts with an act of terror that forces a man to unofficially work out the truth. Much like all of my work, it's about family, community, ignorance and what binds us.
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I’m going to be in Stockholm. Yes, that Stockholm as in Sweden, as in the country where the Eurovision Contest was held.. The Eurovision city, however, was Malmo which is featured in the brilliant series The Bridge)

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WHAT: Melina Marchetta visits PUNKTmedis for a conversation with Elin and Hanna from the blog Tonårsboken, where they will be discussing Francesca, her second b... Read more of this blog post »
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“It's funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that's why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It's not the pain they're getting over, it's the love.”
Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

“If you weren't driving, I'd kiss you senseless," I tell him.
He swerves to the side of the road and stops the car abruptly.
"Not driving any more.”
Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road

“I can't believe I said it out loud. The truth doesn't set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenseless and red in the face and horrified and petrified and vulnerable. But free? I don't feel free. I feel like shit.”
Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca



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message 15: by Hira

Hira Please tell me there will be a book about Jimmy Hailler too? Please please please?

message 14: by Bonni (last edited Oct 16, 2012 04:35AM)

Bonni So, this may seem a bit weird, but you have helped, guided and kept me live through my HSC... Now Quitana sits on my shelf awaiting the completion of my tests as a reward.

message 13: by Natalie

Natalie Williamson Just wanted to say thanks for Quintana. And for writing a character like Isaboe.

message 12: by Ankita

Ankita Just read Quintana of Charyn, I have been waiting for this one since forever. And I absolutely LOVED it, What an Amazing ending, I loved it, lived it. Thank you so for for such an amazing journey.

p.s.-Is Celie going to have her own story??? She is rather Intriguing. Please write her up.

message 11: by Natalie

Natalie Williamson Thanks for accepting my friend request! I am a huge fan and I am so glad that I found your books. I am twiddling my thumbs here in the US, waiting for Quintana to get here. Thank goodness for Fishpond!

message 10: by Arielle

Arielle Walker Your writing is absolutely stunning - hugely inspirational as well, it reminds me that yes, there are actually still amazing writers out there. Just wanted to say thank you for doing what you do =)

message 9: by Ellie

Ellie Thankyou for accepting my friend request, I love your books and can't wait to read more.

message 8: by Kiana

Kiana Thanks for accepting my friend request! I idolize your writing <3

Bookgeek_zah SORRY BUT I'M DELETING YOU FROM MY LIFE! *clicks delete* LOADING... ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 99%. ERROR! It is impossible to delete our friendship, I love you as a friend too much. Post this to 10 people's walls who you never want to lose. If you get 3 back, you're an amazing friend :D

Stephanie Thank you for your friendship!

♥Rachel♥ Thank you for the add Melina. I am such a fan-girl of your writing, it's amazing! If you write it I'll read it. Can't wait for Quintana of Charyn! :)

message 4: by Joie

Joie Oh mygoodness. I have read Jellicoe Road, Saving Francesca, and (just finished)The Piper's Son. Can I just say that I am absolutely in love with your books? Words can't even describe how amazing they are!

Kenzie I LOVED Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca but couldn't get into On The Jellicoe Road. :( sad because I really want to read on the jellicoe road!

papalbina I'm so happy you're in Goodreads now *___* Thank you for accepting my request :)

~Tina~ Thanks for excepting my friend request! Love your books! So looking forward to Froi to coming out!:)

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