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Australia Day

Australia Day

Melanie Cheng

  • awardWinner, Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, 2018
  • awardLonglisted, Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, 2018
  • awardLonglisted, ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2018
  • awardLonglisted, ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, 2018
  • awardLonglisted, Dobbie Literary Award for a first time published author, 2018
  • awardShortlisted, Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, 2017
  • awardWinner, Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, 2016
  • Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common—no matter where they come from—is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

    Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider’s sensitivity and understanding with an outsider’s clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we’ve seen before. 


    Arts Hub
    Writers Victoria talk to Melanie Cheng
    ABC Radio National, Books and Arts
    Garret podcast 
    Text interviews Melanie Cheng


    AU Review
    The Lifted Brow
    Sam Still Reading (blog)
    Readings Podcast
    , Readings Prize for new Australian fiction shortlist 2017
    Sydney Review of Books 

    Melanie Cheng
    About the Author

    Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. Of Chinese-Australian heritage, she was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne with her family. In 2016 she won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Her debut short story collection, Australia Day, won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s...

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