Chloe Hooper

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Chloe Hooper
BornChloe Melisande Hooper
1973 (age 49–50)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationNovelist, journalist
EducationLauriston Girls' School
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
Columbia University
Years active2002–present

Chloe Melisande Hooper (born 1973) is an Australian author.

Her first novel, A Child's Book of True Crime (2002), was short-listed for the Orange Prize for Literature and was a New York Times Notable Book. In 2005, she turned to reportage and the next year won a Walkley Award for her writing on the 2004 Palm Island death in custody case. The Tall Man: Death and Life on Palm Island (2008) is a non-fiction account of the same case. Her 2019 book, The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire, published in the United States by Seven Stories Press in 2020, investigates the Black Saturday bushfires, one of the most devastating wildfires in Australian history.


Awards and recognition[edit]

Hooper was a recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, an award of A$160,000 given to mid-career creatives and thought leaders.[3]


  1. ^ "The Tall Man - Chloe Hooper". Official website. Penguin Group (Australia). Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  2. ^ Hooper, Chloe. "The Arsonist". Seven Stories Press. Seven Stories Press. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Past Award Recipients". Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  4. ^ Chloe Hooper @ Fantastic Fiction
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "The Tall Man". Copyright Agency Reading Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  7. ^ "The Arsonist: A Mind on Fire". The Stella Prize 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  8. ^ "National Biography Award". State Library of NSW. 21 May 2020. Retrieved 13 July 2023.

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