David Ireland (author)

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David Ireland
Born David Neil Ireland
(1927-08-24) 24 August 1927 (age 88)
Lakemba, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Australian
Notable works The Unknown Industrial Prisoner, The Glass Canoe, A Woman of the Future
Notable awards Miles Franklin Award (1971, 1976, 1979)

David Neil Ireland AM (born 24 August 1927) is an Australian novelist.


David Ireland was born in Lakemba in New South Wales in 1927.

Before taking up full-time writing in 1973 he undertook the classic writer's apprenticeship by working in a variety of jobs ranging from greenkeeper to an extended period in an oil refinery.

This latter job provided the inspiration for his second (and best-known) novel, The Unknown Industrial Prisoner, which brought him recognition in the early 1970s and which is still considered by many critics to be one of best and most original Australian novels of the period.

He won the Miles Franklin Award three times (1971, 1976 and 1979). He is one of only four Australian writers to win the Award more than twice; the others are Thea Astley and Tim Winton (4), and Peter Carey (3).

Honours and awards[edit]

Australian Literature Society Gold Medal Archimedes and the Seagle, 1985
The Age Book of the Year Award Book of the Year A Woman of the Future, 1980, joint winner
Miles Franklin Award A Woman of the Future, 1979
The Glass Canoe, 1976
The Unknown Industrial Prisoner, 1971
The Advertiser Literary Competition The Chantic Bird, 1966

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours of June 1981.[1]




  • Image in the Clay (1964)

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