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Melanie Cheng
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Australia Day

Melanie Cheng


9781925603972

Text Publishing Company


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Short stories;
Advocate - Australian Fiction


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272 pages

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Australia Day is a collection of stories by debut author Melanie Cheng. The people she writes about are young, old, rich, poor, married, widowed, Chinese, Lebanese, Christian, Muslim. What they have in common-no matter where they come from-is the desire we all share to feel that we belong. The stories explore universal themes of love, loss, family and identity, while at the same time asking crucial questions about the possibility of human connection in a globalised world.

Melanie Cheng is an important new voice, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary Australia. Her effortless, unpretentious realism balances an insider's sensitivity and understanding with an outsider's clear-eyed objectivity, showing us a version of ourselves richer and more multifaceted than anything we've seen before.

By:   Melanie Cheng
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   204g
ISBN:   9781925603972
ISBN 10:   1925603970
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner. Of Chinese-Australian heritage, she was born in Adelaide, grew up in Hong Kong and now lives in Melbourne with her family. In 2016 she won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Her debut short story collection, Australia Day, won the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the 2018 Indie Book Award for debut fiction and the 2017 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Her writing has been published in Age, Big Issue, Meanjin and Overland among other publications.


  • Long-listed for Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018 (Australia)
  • Short-listed for Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2017 (Australia)
  • Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript 2016 (Australia)
  • Winner of Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2018 (Australia)
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