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Anna Funder

In 2012, Anna Funder won the Miles Franklin award for her debut novel, All That I Am, adding Australia’s most prestigious literary prize to an already appallingly long list of honours and achievements. The list includes a doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Technology Sydney, a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for her first book, Stasiland, a former career as a human rights lawyer, and fluency in French and German. Anna’s essays and articles have been featured in many magazines and publications including Best Australian Essays, The Monthly and Guardian. 

For her latest project, Funder has ventured into yet another narrative form – the novella. In The Girl with the Dogs, she explores the enduring consequences that result from brief moments of choice.

An award-winning writer who defies pigeon-holing, Anna Funder will examine the challenges and freedoms of writing across genres and forms. In conversation with Jason Steger.

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Portrait of Anna Funder

Anna Funder

Anna Funder is the author of Stasiland. Her debut novel, All That I Am, won the 2012 Miles Franklin Award.

Portrait of Jason Steger

Jason Steger

Jason Steger is books  editor at The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

He was a regular panelist on ABC TV's The Book Club.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

You, a good book, a glass of wine, delicious food. Together as you were always meant to be. But with a wonderfully rich extra ingredient: a stimulating conversation with your favourite author.

From March to November, the literary meets the culinary at Books and Ideas at Montalto. Set in a stunning Red Hill winery on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – served with excellent food and wine, as a languorous lunchtime tips into a relaxed afternoon.


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