Hilary McPhee

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Hilary McPhee (born 1941) AO[1] is an Australian publisher, editor and businessperson. McPhee and Di Gribble founded the Australian publisher McPhee Gribble in 1975, which published the transformational novel Monkey Grip (1977), which launched the career of their friend Helen Garner.[2][3] McPhee has chaired the Australia Council for the Arts.[4] McPhee has an honorary doctorate from Monash University, was the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and remains a senior Fellow of the University.

She was awarded an Order of Australia for service to the Arts in 2003.

She has been married three times, including to the writer Don Watson.


  • Other People's Words (2001, Picador) ISBN 0330491555
  • Wordlines: Contemporary Australian Writing editor, (2010, Five Mile Press) ISBN 9781742116587
  • Other People's Houses (2019, MUP) ISBN 9780522875645


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