Portrait of Marion Halligan

Marion Halligan

Marion Halligan has published some 20 books. Her novel Valley of Grace won the 2010 ACT Book of the Year Award. One of Australia’s most important writers, she was awarded an AM in 2006. Her most recent book is Shooting the Fox.

Marion Halligan was born in Newcastle NSW, by the sea, and has lived most of her adult life in Canberra, with periods in Paris. She has published some twenty books, and has been short–listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Awar. She has been awarded the Age Book of the Year, the ACT Book of the Year (three times), the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Braille Book of the Year, the 3M Talking Book of the Year and the Geraldine Pascall Prize for critical writing.

She believes fiction illuminates our lives, and for this reason she loves to read it as well as write it. In 2006, Marion Halligan was awarded an AM for her services to literature.