About Mireille


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Juchau’s style is perfectly poised, elegant and restrained…a writer of great poetic power.
Alberto Manguel, The Guardian

MIREILLE JUCHAU is a Sydney-based writer of novels, short fiction, essays, scripts and reviews.

Her third novel, The World Without Us is published internationally by Bloomsbury in Australia (2015), the UK and US (2016). It won the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for Fiction and is longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2017.  It was shortlisted for The Stella Prize 2016, the Christina Stead Prize in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2016, and the Australian Book Industry Award 2016, and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2016.

Her second novel, Burning In (Giramondo, 2007),  was published in France – Le révélateur (Mercure de France, 2012) and Croatia – Potamanjivanje (Hrvatsko filolosko, 2013).

In Australia Burning In was shortlisted for the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Age Book of the Year Award and the Nita B. Kibble Award.

Mireille’s first novel Machines for Feeling (University of Queensland Press, 2001) was shortlisted for the 1999 Vogel/Australian Literary Award.

Mireille’s short fiction, plays, art reviews and essays have appeared in international and Australian anthologies and journals.  She has a PhD in writing and literature and teaches at universities and in the community.

 …an extraordinarily vivid novel, elegant, convincing, intelligent and profoundly moving.

Albert Manguel, The Guardian

Powerful and poetic…The unfolding of the truth, layer after layer, is superbly done; though this novel is too classy to pigeonhole as a thriller, it has all the pace and invention of the classic thriller. What makes it unforgettable is Juchau’s sensitive portrayal of a family poleaxed by grief

Kate Saunders, The Times

…a bright, bracing marvel of a book.

Geordie Williamson, The Australian


The Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist 2016
Victorian Premier’s Literary Award 2016
The Stella Prize interview with Mireille
The Stella Prize shortlist and book group notes

Mireille’s 5 books of influence on Culture Street.

Mireille answers Booktopia’s 10 questions

Order The World Without Us from Bloomsbury Publishing

Mireille Juchau at Mercure de France
Order Burning In at Giramondo Publishing
Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2008
AustLit, The Australian Literary Resource

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