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									Michelle de KretserMichelle de Kretser
Born in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), Michelle de Kretser emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Her acclaimed first novel, The Rose Grower, was published in 1999, and her sophomore effort, The Hamilton Case, earned her a nomination for the 2004 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers award for fiction.

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Michelle de Kretser
Current Home:
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date of Birth:
November 11, 1957
Place of Birth:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
B.A. (Hons), 1979; Maîtrise-ès-lettres, 1982
Commonwealth Prize (South-East Asia and South Pacific), 2004; Encore Award, 2004 for The Hamilton Case

2004 Discover Great New Writers Award Finalist

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								The Hamilton Case, Author: 
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The Hamilton Case
by Michelle de Kretser
The exotic culture and racial tension of early-20th-century Ceylon provide a backdrop for this powerful tale, in which a murder trial opens up fissures in society. De Kretser’s remarkable novel is not only an intriguingly crafted whodunit but also a powerful psychological novel. A finalist for the 2004 Discover Great New Writers Award, "her story of the flawed hero, Sam, combined with her depiction of Ceylon, makes for a remarkable book, both classic and fresh," say our editors.

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An Early Inspiration

"By my eighth birthday I had begun reading the Agatha Christie novels that lay piled on our bookshelves," de Kretser told Crime Time magazine. "Books like The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Crooked House introduced me to the intellectual pleasure of puzzle-solving."

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