About

Melina Marchetta’s novels have been published in over twenty countries. Her  first novel, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards for young adult fiction when it was published, winning the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award for Older Readers among many others. It was also released as a  film, adapted by Melina, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award.


Melina taught secondary-school English for ten years, during which time she released her second novel Saving Francesca, which won the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers, followed by On the Jellicoe Road, which won the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature in 2009. Melina’s next novel, Finnikin of the Rock, won the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and was followed by The Piper’s Son, the critically acclaimed novel that was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Melina has also written a book for younger readers, The Gorgon in the Gully, which was released in 2010. The second book in the Lumatere Chronicles, Froi of the Exiles, was published in 2011 to much international praise. Melina has completed her second screenplay, On the Jellicoe Road, which was chosen to be part of Screen New South Wales Aurora Script Workshop, and she has also written episodes for ABC-TV’s Dance Academy. The final  novel  in The Lumatere Chronicles, Quintana of Charyn, was released in September 2012. A companion short story to the Lumatere Chronicles,  “Ferragost” was published in the Review of Australian Fiction.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is her first adult crime novel released in 2016.

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  3. Davi Silva Galdino

    Sou brasileiro e fã das cronicas de Lumatere, mas porem aqui só lançou os 2 primeiros livros da serie, e a editora que publicava os livros fechou não sei muito sobre isso ,comecei a ler seus livros esse ano e não realizei que o terceiro não esta traduzido ! não sei se você teria alguma resposta, mas existiria uma probabilidade de ter uma tradução do terceiro livro? pergunto isso porque eu não sei inglês a ponto der ler um livro ! I am Brazilian and fan of the chronicles of Lumatere, but put here just launched the first 2 of the series books, and editor who published the books closed do not know much about it, I began to read his books this year and did not realize that the third is not translated ! I do not know if you have an answer, but there would be a likelihood of a translation of the third book? I ask this because I do not know about English der read a book! (Trudução made by google XD)

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  5. Angus

    Thanks for writing this book it has frustrated me in my English studies so much that I am writing this well worth the $15 to burn this. PAX

  6. Nashrah

    Melina, I can not wait to see On the Jellicoe Road on screen. I don’t know if you remember, but I met you when you spoke at the Canberra Theatre a few years ago. You signed my copy of On the Jellicoe Road which I treasure so much. Thank you for writing such wonderful books.

  7. Charlotte

    I’m a teenage girl living in Sydney and every single one of your books has a special spot on my shelf. I really don’t know where I’d be without your character

  8. Elizabeth Steinki

    Dear Melina, you have become my favorite author, you have taken me on great journeys, I loved your books and your writing just carried me away. thank you

  9. Brooke Hilder

    I met you when I was in Year 11 , with my Literature class, I can’t remember where. I just know I have a photo with you and my class and you signed my book, and it was great to hear you talking about your books, and I’ve just reread “On the Jellicoe Road” again!!! and fell in love with these characters all over again. 🙂 🙂 nice to hear you are writing again x

  10. Brent King (@BrentKingLMT)

    Angel, the best way to get good at writing is to write. Like anything else, the more you write, the better you will get. Books of the craft that have helped me a lot are:
    Stephen King’s On Writing
    All writing books by James Scott Bell
    KM Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel
    The Elements of Style
    Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark

    The combination of writing and studying great books on the craft will transform you into an author.

  11. Charlotte

    After reading The Lumatere Chronicles and The Jellicoe Road, I bought all your books, Melina. Finished all four and now I’m down to only 4 books. And what, I can devour all those four in one week and after that, I’ll be missing your books endlessly.

    Can you please tell us when are you going to write another book? Pretty please!

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  13. dogging

    constantly i used to read smaller posts that also clear their motive,
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    am reading now.

  14. Angel

    I love your books, very much. In fact, it was your books that inspired to work on my own. But I have a problem. I have ideas and thoughts, and plots, but I don’t know how to write. And I don’t JUST want to know how to write, I want to know how to write well and write consistently. Do you have any advice on how to go about doing that?

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