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Alice Pung


Alice Pung OAM is the bestselling author of the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her novel Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her second novel, One Hundred Days, was shortlisted for the 2022 Miles Franklin Award, and has been optioned by Michelle Law for development as a film. Her books have been translated into German, Italian, Indonesian and Chinese, and published in the UK and US.

She is also the author of children’s books including Be Careful, Xiao Xin! (ill. Sher Rill Ng), and children’s novels When Grandma Came to Stay (ill. Sally Soweol Han) and the Meet Marly books (ill. Lucia Masciullo).

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