Michael Cunningham is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Home at the End of the World, The Hours, Specimen Days and, most recently, By Nightfall. When The Hours was adapted for the screen to critical acclaim, audiences were introduced to its author Michael Cunningham. Those who went on to read the book, discovered that there was much more at play here than Nicole Kidman in a fake nose. Cunningham’s writing was a revelation: lyrical, compassionate, powerful.
Against the backdrop of Manhattan’s art scene, Michael Cunningham’s latest novel follows a disenfranchised gallery owner in his mid-forties, as infatuation and self-doubt collide. Haunting and haunted, with shades of Thomas Mann and Henry James, this new work by one of America’s finest contemporary novelists deserves its reviews as ‘an exquisite, slyly witty, warmly philosophical, and urbanely eviscerating tale of the mysteries of beauty and desire, art and delusion, age and love.’
Michael Cunningham is in Australia as a guest of the Wheeler Centre and the Sydney Writers' Festival.
Michael Cunningham was raised in Los Angeles and now lives in New York. He is the author of four novels, including A Home at the End of the World (1990), Flesh and Blood (1995) and Specimen Days (2005). He won the Pulitzer Prize for The Hours in 1999 which was adapted for the screen and released as a movie starring Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf, for which she won an Oscar.
Malcolm Knox is the author of Summerland, A Private Man and Jamaica, which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award last year and won the Colin Roderick Award. He is also a Walkley Award-winning journalist and author of many non-fiction titles. He came late to surfing, but is now an obsessively enthusiastic surfer, and writes about surfing and the surf with authority and great passion.