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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 literary editor of the Age and Sunday Age.

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

Books and Ideas at Montalto

Why go postal when you can go coastal?

On seven Fridays throughout the year, from March to November, the Wheeler Centre brings the best of Australian writing to the Mornington Peninsula. Swap the hustle of the city for an unhurried, immersive look at the stories behind the stories – all while enjoying outstanding food and wine, fascinating company and the opportunity to hear from writers in an intimate and relaxed setting.

Share in Books and Ideas at Montalto – perfect for lovers of fine writing, good conversation and great wine.


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