Lily Brett

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Lily Brett (born 5 September 1946) is a German-born Australian novelist, essayist and poet who now lives in New York City.


During World War II, Brett's parents Max and Rose survived six years in the Łódź ghettos in Poland, before being taken to Auschwitz concentration camp where they were eventually separated. It took them six months to find each other again after the war ended in 1945. Brett was born in a displaced persons' camp in Germany in 1946. She was aged two (1948) before her parents were able to leave Germany and emigrate to Melbourne, Australia. Brett grew up in North Carlton.

By the mid-1960s, Brett was a young journalist working with Molly Meldrum at Go-Set, Australia's most renowned music magazine of the time, and on Uptight one of the first weekly TV shows devoted to pop music. In the summer of 1967 she traveled to America to cover the Monterey International Pop Festival, then onto the United Kingdom, before returning to Australia.

In 1989 Brett moved from Melbourne to New York City with her husband, Australian painter David Rankin.

Brett has published seven volumes of poetry, four collections of essays, and six novels. Brett has also contributed writings to a wide range of publications. Lola Bensky, Brett's most recent work of fiction, has been shortlisted for The Miles Franklin Literary Award, and won the 2014 Prix Medicis étranger (France).





Awards and nominations[edit]

External links[edit]

Lily Brett's official website: [2]

Miles Franklin Literary Award: [3]