Michelle de Kretser

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. She was educated in Melbourne and Paris. She is the author of four other novels: The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, The Lost Dog, which was longlisted for both the Man Booker and the Orange Prize, and Questions of Travel, which won several prizes including the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award. She lives in Sydney.



This is a novel unlike any other I have read... It is not really possible to describe, in a short space, the originality and depth of this long and beautifully crafted book.A.S. Byatt
The Guardian

Ambitious and entertaining... Questions of Travel should ensure her place as a serious international novelist of the first rank.
The Economist

Sweeping and virtuosic... An outstanding novel.Stephanie Cross
Daily Mail

Novel by novel, the Sri Lankan-born Australian has emerged as one of the most fiercely intelligent voices in fiction today. This new work, her most ambitious yet, makes globalisation and its discontents the focus of a multi-faceted story that unites grandeur and intimacy.Boyd Tonkin
The Independent

An artful meditation on movement and migration.
The Times Literary Supplement

Man Booker-longlisted de Kretser's precisely written novel is concerned with tourists, refugees and the complexities of immigration... a nuanced and ambivalent look at the crassness of tourism.
The Sunday Times

This truly is a book for our times.
Irish Times

A dark gem of a book... One reads Springtime not for its shock value - this tale is much more subtle than that - but for the way De Kretser explores the nature of ambiguity and for her deliciously unsettling descriptions.
The Independent

A gorgeous, delicately surprising piece of writing.
New York Times Book Review

Thrillingly self-aware and lightfooted... the real pleasure of Springtime lies not in its emotional acuity or even de Kretser's marvellous control of her narrative but in its sophistication and playfulness.
Weekend Australian

Is it possible we already have the year's best novel? I'll be amazed if anything surpasses this compulsive, exquisitely light-footed narrative...glorious.
Daily Mail

De Kretser's satirical observations - on the literati, self-congratulation, suburban pretension -are so subtly deboning they remind me of Jane Austen's...The Life to Come deserves all the gongs we can bang for it.
The Spectator

Exhilaratingly good writing...each page yields sparkling sentences and keen observations.
Literary Review

[de Kretser's] writing captures, with unflagging wit, grace and subtlety, the spiritual as well as physical journeys of people on the move - between cultures, mindsets and stages of growth.Boyd Tonkin
Financial Times

Funny and satirical, this is a biting look at the way we present ourselves and the way we are seen by others.

As always, Michelle de Kretser offers a wide compassionate view...Above all, there is the pleasure of her writing.
Times Literary Supplement

Superb, ambitious and deeply moving
The Australian

A remarkable achievement...wise and abrasive, witty and poignant.
The Saturday Paper

Her powers of description and evocation are remarkable...Michelle de Kretser has written a comic lament of disarming force.
Sydney Morning Herald

My book of the year is Michelle de Kretser's The Life to Come, a sharp and unsettling novel - narcissism of all kinds is skewered here - that is deeply pleasurable to read.
Ceridwen Dovey, The Australian

A joyful and mournful meditation on the endless small pleasures and complications of life...sure-footed and often surprising.
Publishers Weekly