Anna Funder is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded writers. Her novel All That I Am won the Miles Franklin Prize, the West Australian Premier’s Prize, the West Australian Premier’s People’s Choice Prize, the Barbara Jefferis Prize, Indie Book of the Year, Indie Best Debut Fiction, the Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) Book of the Year, ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Nielsen BookData Bookseller’s Choice Award. All That I Am spent over one and a half years on the bestseller list, several times at No. 1, and is being made into a feature film.
Anna’s first book, Stasiland, won the Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction in the English-speaking world. Published in twenty-five countries, it was hailed as “a masterpiece” on publication and has become a contemporary classic, taught in schools and universities internationally. It was also finalist for the Guardian First Book Award, the W.H. Heinemann Award, the Index Freedom of Expression Award, the Age Book of the Year Award, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature.
A former DAAD, Australia Council and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, Anna was InStyle Magazine’s Woman of the Year 2013 in Creative arts. In 2012 she was voted one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s 100 People of Influence in Australia.
Anna Funder holds a BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) and MA (Creative Writing) from the University of Melbourne, and a DCA from the UTS. Anna practiced as an international and human rights lawyer, interests which she continues to pursue in her professional and public life as a writer. She frequently speaks in public on issues ranging from free speech and privacy to the rights of both citizens and non-citizens (refugees). Her main interests are in balancing the rights and freedoms of individuals with our collective responsibilities to each other, the transparency of both government and corporations, and the role of courage and compassion in civil society.
Anna is an Ambassador for the Norwegian-based International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN). ICORN is a global network of cities offering safe havens for persecuted writers. She is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Australian Privacy Foundation.
Anna is a Board Member of the University of Melbourne Foundation, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Technology Sydney.
Anna is a member of the Folio Prize Academy and PEN International, both its Australian and US chapters.
Public Appearances and Named Lectures
Anna has toured her books in many countries including the UK, the USA, France, Germany, Norway and Denmark. She appeared at writers festivals around the world including the Hay Festival, the Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide & Byron Bay festivals; the Bali Writers Festival, the Kolkata, Mumbai and Jaipur Writers Festivals, ICORN Festivals at Stavanger and Paris, the Aukland and Christchurch Writers Festivals, the Feminist Writers Festival (Sydney), the Jaipur Writers Festival (Adelaide).
Funder’s essays, articles and columns have appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Ny Tid a Norwegian Magazine for which she wrote a column alternating with Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Her work has been selected for Best Australian Essays. Anna’s feature "Secret History", which appeared in the Guardian (UK) and in the GoodWeekend, about the files from the Nazi death camps held in obscurity by German authorities, won the 2007 ASA Maunder Award for Journalism.
Funder has delivered numerous named lectures, including the:
- Allen Missen Address for Liberty Victoria
- PEN Three Writers Address
- The Closing Address for the Perth Writers Festival 2013
- Dymphna Clark Memorial Lecture 2013
- Democracy Foundation Oration, Athens
- ICORN Oration 2014 (Paris).
- Miles Franklin Oration 2017
- Judith Wright Memorial Oration 2018
Awards and Honours
- DAAD Fellowship
- Felix Meyer Scholarship
- Arts Victoria Fellowship
- Australian German Association Fellowship
- Goethe Institut Fellowship
- Samuel Johnson Prize, 2004
- ASA Maunder Prize, 2007
- Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 2008
- Australia Council Fellowship
- NSW Writing Fellow, 2010
- In 2011 she was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘100 People of Influence’ in Australia
- West Australian Premier’s Prize, 2011
- West Australian Premier’s People’s Choice Award, 2011
- BBC Book of the Week and Book at Bedtime in the UK, 2011
- The Miles Franklin Prize, 2012
- Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) Book of the Year, 2012
- ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2012
- Nielsen BookData Bookseller’s Choice Award, 2012
- Barbara Jefferis Prize, 2012
- The Indie Book of the Year, 2012
- The Indie Best Debut Fiction, 2012
- The Times (London) Book of the Month for May 2012
- In 2012 she was appointed to the Literature Board of the Australia Council
- Anna was the winner of InStyle Magazine’s Woman of Style Award for Arts & Culture 2013
- The Age Book of the Year Awards
- The Guardian First Book Award
- Queensland Premier’s Literary Award
- Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Innovation in Writing)
- Index Freedom of Expression Awards
- W.H. Heinemann Award
- IMPAC Award
- Commonwealth Book Prize
- The Prime Minister’s Literary Award
- ALS Gold Medal
- Adelaide Festival Fiction Prize
- Victorian Premiers Literary Award
- The Australian Society of Authors Asher Literary Award
Creative Writing (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
Funder, A 2002, Stasiland Signed Edition.
Funder, AM 2012, 'All that I am', Penguin, Australia, pp. 1-384.
When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight. United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they flee the country. Dora, passionate and fearless; her lover, the great playwright Ernst Toller; her younger cousin Ruth and Ruth's husband Hans find refuge in London. Here they take awe-inspiring risks in order to continue their work in secret. But England is not the safe-haven they think it is, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart. Some seventy years later, Ruth is living out her days in Sydney, making an uneasy peace with the ghosts of her past, and a part of history that has all but been forgotten.
Brazil: Companhia das Letras
Catalonia: Grup 62
Czech Republic: Slovart
France: Editions Heloise d'Omesson
Germany: S.Fischer Verlag
.Israel: Kinneret Zmora Bitan
Netherlands: Atlas Contact
Norway: Cappelen Damm
Spain: Random House Mondadori
Turkey: Yapi Kredi
ICORN - International Cities of Refuge Network
Australian Privacy Commission
The Rathbones Folio Prize