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Gerald Murnane

Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He has been a primary teacher, an editor and a university lecturer. His debut novel, Tamarisk Row (1974), was followed by ten other works of fiction, including The Plains and most recently Border Districts. In 1999 Murnane won the Patrick White Award and in 2009 he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. He lives in western Victoria.

‘Reading Murnane, one cares less about what is happening in the story and more about what one is thinking about as one reads. The effect of his writing is to induce images in the reader’s own mind, and to hold the reader inside a world in which the reader is at every turn encouraged to turn his or her attention to those fast flocking images.’ New York Times

Paris Review attends the ‘Another World in this One’ Murnane symposium 
Sydney Review of Books: Gerald Murnane’s conference paper from the Murnane symposium 
New York Times: Is the Next Nobel Laureate in Literature Tending Bar in a Dusty Australian Town? 
New York Times: Two New Books From Australia, Unconstrained by Literary Convention 
Guardian: Gerald Murnane: one of Australia's greatest writers you may never have heard of. 
Guardian:  ‘It’s uncanny’: acclaim at last for Gerald Murnane, lost genius of Australian letters
Australian: Writer Gerald Murnane and his private world in Goroke, Victoria ($) 
El Pais (Español)
Monthly ($)  
New Yorker: The Reclusive Giant of Australian Letters    


Herald Sun, October 2019 
ABC TV, 7.30 Report
, May 2018
ABC Radio: The Friday Revue, with Brian Nankervis and Richelle Hunt, June 2018
3:AM Magazine, April 2015 
Triple R News, September 2014
Sydney Review of Books
 with Ivor Indyk, June 2014
Sydney Review of Books with Luke Carman, April 2018
Australian, October 2009
NPR, This American Life, September 2017
Monthly: We Visited Gerald Murnane at the Goroke Golf Course    

Listen to part of Gerald Murnane’s spoken word album, Words in Order on Soundcloud, then order a copy for yourself.

Titles byGerald Murnane
  • A Season on Earth
    A Season on Earth
    Gerald Murnane
  • Something for the Pain
    Something for the Pain
    Gerald Murnane
  • A Lifetime on Clouds
    A Lifetime on Clouds
    Gerald Murnane
  • The Plains
    The Plains
    Gerald Murnane
Introduced byGerald Murnane
  • Selected Poems
    Selected Poems