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Alice Nelson
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Alice Nelson

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After university in Australia, Alice Nelson lived and worked in Harlem. While studying in New York, she worked at a non-profit agency run by an order of nuns as a case worker with refugee and undocumented migrant families. Alice was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelists for her first novel, The Last Sky. The novel also won the TAG Hungerford Award and was shortlisted for the Australian Society of Authors’ Barbara Jefferis Award and for The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award.

Alice's second novel, The Children's House, was published in Australia and France. Alice’s short fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as The Sydney Review of Books, The Asia Literary Review, Southerly Magazine and the West Australian Newspaper.

Alice now lives in Perth.

Books by Alice Nelson


A passionate love story and an honest depiction of the self-deceptions we pursue seeking family and attachment.

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The Children's House

Reminiscent of Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn, this is a breakthrough novel from a humane and perceptive writer exploring the traumas that divide families and the love and hope that creates them.

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The Children's House book club notes

Themes of parenthood, family, home and belonging will spark conversation at your next book club.