Twentieth-century novelist who became Australia's first literary Nobel Laureate in 1973. His best-known works include Happy Valley (1939), The Living and the Dead (1941), The Eye of the Storm (1973), and Voss (1957).
He wrote his first play at the age of ten, while attending the Tudor House boarding school. He later studied at King's College, Cambridge University.
His last book, The Hanging Garden, was published posthumously.
He was born in London to a British mother and an Australian-English father. He was in a committed relationship with partner Manoly Lascaris at the time of his death.
He won the Nobel Prize in Literature six years before Isaac Bashevis Singer received the same honor.