David Malouf’s latest book, A First Place, is a collection of essays and personal writing, released to celebrate his 80th birthday. Covering geography, topography, history, multiculturalism, Brisbane and the idea of home, A First Place encapsulates the beauty and contradictions of contemporary Australia.
To celebrate Malouf’s birthday and achievements, Australia’s first lady of letters, Ramona Koval, travels with him on a journey to the heart of Australian life.
David Malouf is the author of short story collections The Complete Stories (winner of the Australia Asia Literary Award), Dream Stuff and Every Move You Make, and of acclaimed novels including The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ and Miles Franklin Prizes) and Remembering Babylon (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award).
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.