Alice Pung’s first book, Unpolished Gem, is an Australian bestseller. It won the Australian Book Industry Newcomer of the Year Award and was shortlisted in the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards. It was published in the UK and USA in separate editions and has been translated into several languages including Italian, German and Indonesian.
All of Alice’s books have received considerable critical acclaim. Her Father’s Daughter – which was set in Australia, China and Cambodia – recounts a journey of painful discovery, of memories lost and found, of Alice’s fears for the future, of history and how it echoes down the years.
Laurinda was Alice’s first novel and was based on her own experience of changing high schools five times. Laurinda then became the inspiration for My First Lesson, an anthology of diverse stories written by high school students. Alice also edited Growing Up Asian in Australia.
In 2015, Alice was named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of Australia’s best young Australian novelists.
In addition to her books, Alice’s writing has appeared in many notable publications including the Monthly, the Age, Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays.
Alice lives with her husband and young son at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne, where she is currently the Artist in Residence.