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Robert Hillman

ROBERT HILLMAN, author of Malini

Robert Hillman is a Melbourne-based writer of fiction and biography. His autobiography, The Boy in the Green Suit, won the Australian National Biography Award for 2005. His 2007 biography, My Life as a Traitor, written with Zarah Ghahramani, appeared in numerous overseas editions and was short-listed for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2008. His first collaboration with Najaf Mazari, The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, grew out of an abiding interest in the hardships and triumphs of refugees. His second collaboration with Najaf, 2011's The Honey Thief, is a collection of spellbinding tales that reveal the rich storytelling traditions of Afghanistan. His biography of blind indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Gurrumul: His Life and Music, was published in 2013, and a new novel, Joyful, came out in April 2014

Robert says:

‘I have written about wars and the refugees they create in a number of books, but I hadn’t written about Sri Lanka until the opportunity came to tell the fictional story of Malini. I wanted to show, in the character of Malini, that courage is not something we either have or don’t have, but something that may come to life in our hearts just when the need is greatest.'