Eva Sallis

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Eva Katerina Sallis[1] (also Eva Hornung[2]) (born 1964) is an Australian novelist, poet, writer and a visiting research fellow at University of Adelaide.[3] She has won several awards, including The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and the Nita May Dobbie Literary Award for her first novel Hiam.


Eva Sallis was born in Bendigo. She has an MA in literature and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Adelaide. Sallis lived in Yemen while undertaking research for her PhD, and now lives and works in Adelaide.


Sallis's first novel, the best-selling Hiam, won the 1997 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and the 1999 Nita May Dobbie Literary Award. Her second novel, City of Sealions, was well received, and her novel-in-stories, Mahjar won the Steele Rudd Award. Her 2005 book Fire Fire, told the story of gifted children growing up in a dysfunctional, loving family in 1970s Australia. Her 2009 novel Dog Boy won the 2010 Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for fiction.[4][5]

Sallis is a human rights activist, helping to found the organisation Australians Against Racism.[6] In 2007 she presented the Dymphna Clark Memorial Lecture.[7]


  • Hiam (1998)
  • Sheherazade Through the Looking Glass: The Metamorphosis of the 'Thousand and One Nights' (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures) (1999)
  • The City of Sealions (2002)
  • Mahjar (2003)
  • Fire Fire (2005)
  • The Marsh Birds (2006)
  • Dog Boy (2009) (as by "Eva Hornung")
  • The Last Garden, The Text Publishing Company, 2017, ISBN 978-1-925498-12-7 (as by "Eva Hornung")


The Australian/Vogel Literary Award Hiam, winner 1997
Dobbie Literary Award Hiam, winner 1999
Steele Rudd Award Mahjar, winner 2004
Asher Literary Award The Marsh Birds, winner 2005
The Commonwealth Writers Prize The Marsh Birds, shortlisted 2005
The Age Book of the Year The Marsh Birds, shortlisted 2005
The Prime Minister's Literary Awards Dog Boy, winner 2010
Voss Literary Prize The Last Garden, shortlisted 2018


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