Writer, born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, SE Australia. He attended Geelong Grammar School before beginning a career as an advertising copywriter. His first book, The Fat Man in History (1974), was a collection of short stories, and he was quickly regarded as an innovative force in Australian writing. Later books include Bliss (1981), Illywhacker (1985), Oscar and Lucinda (1988, Booker), The Tax Inspector (1991), The True History of the Kelly Gang (2001, Booker; Commonwealth Writers Prize), and Theft: A Love Story (2006). In 2005 appeared Wrong about Japan: A Father's Journey with His Son. He co-wrote the screenplays for Bliss (1985) and Until the End of the World (1990).
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