Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016) wrote several novels, two of which were National Book Award Finalists: The Bay of Noon (1971) and The Transit of Venus (1981). Her The Great Fire won of the 2003 National Book Award for Fiction More about this author >
Ravaged by the closing events of World War II, Japan in this novel is an ancient society struggling to cope with the brutal implications of defeat in modern warfare. Aldred Leith, military hero and son of a famous novelist, has come to Eastern Asia to observe firsthand the subject matter of a book he intends to write. More about this book >
Shirley Hazzard (1931-2016) was born in Australia, but traveled the world during her early years, a result of her parents’ diplomatic postings. In 1947, at the age of 16, she was engaged by British intelligence to monitor the civil war in China. In 1963, she married the writer Francis Steegmuller, who died in 1994. She has written several novels, two of which were National Book Award Finalists: The Bay of Noon (1971) and The Transit of Venus (1981). She is also the author of two collections of short stories, and several works of nonfiction including the memoir Greene on Capri. Hazzard’s The Great Fire won of the 2003 National Book Award for Fiction and the Miles Franklin Award.