Neustadt International Prize

2000 - David Malouf

Born: 20 March 1934, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Author's Quote : "I now have of a life that stretches beyond the limits of measurable time."

Field: Short Story Writer, Playwright, Novelist

Prize share: 1/1

Books Written By David Malouf

About David Malouf

David George Joseph Malouf (born 20 March 1934) is an Australian writer. He was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2000, his 1993 novel Remembering Babylon won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 1996, he won the inaugural Australia-Asia Literary Award in 2008, and he was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

Malouf was born in Brisbane, Australia, to a Christian Lebanese father and an English-born mother of Portuguese Sephardi Jewish descent.

He was an avid reader as a child, and at 12 years old was reading such books as Wuthering Heights, Bleak House and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. These books, he says, taught him about sex: "They told you there was a life out there that was amazingly passionate". He attended Brisbane Grammar School and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1955. He lectured for a short period before moving to London, where he taught at Holland Park School before relocating to Birkenhead in 1962. He returned to Australia in 1968 and lectured at the University of Sydney, taught at his old school, and lectured in English at the Universities of Queensland and Sydney.

He has lived in England and Tuscany; for the past three decades, most of his time has been spent in Sydney. Like many writers, he values his privacy and enjoyed living in Tuscany "where he could think and write in anonymity".


Ransom: A Novel - David Malouf

By Rose Scott

I couldn't help comparing this to Madeline Miller's 'Song of Achilles' which, like 'Ransom', fictionalises stories from Troy, disarmingly including the gods and their powers as real aspects of the story. I loved them both, but for different reasons. Miller's story is full of the youthful passions of its heroes, Achilles and Petroclus. Love and grief are wildly felt and expressed.

Malouf's story is deeper, darker and bottomlessly sorrowful. Though it includes many light touches, it has seriously solemn things to say about loss and mortality. It reads like the work of a much older writer and probably a more significant one.

Ransom: A Novel - David Malouf

By Helen Staten

I'm in a Mythology class at my university. I ordered Ransom in order to do a final compare-and-contrast paper. I was able to read through the book in one day due to it's smooth and beautiful writing, and was able to produce a wonderful paper from it. I highly recommend this book for any mythology buff and will be keeping it in my personal collection.