Blanche d’Alpuget has written eleven books, and has won the PEN Golden Jubilee Award, The Age Novel of the Year Award, the South Australian Premier’s Award and the Australasian Prize for Commonwealth Literature for her novels. Mediator: A Biography of Sir Richard Kirby (1977) was published to critical acclaim and Robert J. Hawke: A Biography (1982) was a national bestseller and the winner of several awards. After a long break, Blanche returned to writing with On Longing (2008). Lust was originally published in The Eleven Deadly Sins (1993).
Blanche has served on the boards of the ACT Arts Advisory Council, the Copyright Agency Ltd, the Australian Film Commission and was chair of the Australian Society of Authors. She is a patron of the Australia China Friendship Society in NSW and the patron of Inala, a Rudolf Steiner organisation catering for people with severe disabilities. She lives in Sydney with her husband and son.
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