David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including The Great World (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' prize and the Prix Femina Etranger), Remembering Babylon (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), An Imaginary Life, Conversations at Curlow Creek, Dream Stuff ('These stories are pearls' Spectator), Every Move You Make ('Rare and luminous talent' Guardian), his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street and Ransom. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. In 2008 Malouf was the Scottish Arts' Council Muriel Spark International Fellow. He was born in 1934 and was brought up in Brisbane.
LJ's reviewer did not find this "wholly successful" but did dub it "a readable, affecting novel" (LJ 10/1/78). Set in Australia in the 1940s and 1950s, Malouf's debut effort follows the life of the ne'er-do-well title character as seen through the eyes of an old friend. Malouf won the first International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 1996 for Remembering Babylon (LJ 8/93).