Melina Marchetta Biography


Type: Writer and teacher

Born: 25 March 1965


Selected works:

  • Looking for Alibrandi (1993), novel
  • Looking for Alibrandi (1999), screenplay
  • Saving Francesca (2003)
  • On the Jellicoe Road (2006); U.S. title, Jellicoe Road (2008)
  • Finnikin of the Rock (2008)
  • The Piper's Son (March 2010)
  • The Gorgon in the Gully: Pocket Money Puffins (September 2010)
  • Froi of the Exiles (2011)
  • Quintana of Charyn (2012)

Melina Marchetta Quotes

It's funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that's why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It's not the pain they're getting over, it's the love.

But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes . . . and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can't forgive yourself for.

I can't believe I said it out loud. The truth doesn't set you free, you know. It makes you feel awkward and embarrassed and defenseless and red in the face and horrified and petrified and vulnerable. But free? I don't feel free. I feel like shit.

How unladylike of you to mention such a thing.

I still wake with your name on my lips every morning.

Lucian's father had warned him to fear idle men. Without the pride gained from a good day's work, they were left to their vices and the doubts that crowded their head. Their hatred. Their envy.

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