Alice Pung is a writer, editor, teacher and lawyer based in
Melbourne. Born a month after her Chinese parents fled from
Cambodia to Australia as asylum seekers from Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge
Regime, Alice has used her shared family's experiences to write
stories that captivate all readers.
She has won numerous awards including the 2007 Newcomer of the Year Award in the Australia Book Industry Awards for her first book Unpolished Gem. Her next book Her Father's Daughter won the Western Australia Premier's Book Award for Non Fiction, and it was also shortlisted for the Premier's Literary Awards in Victoria and New South Wales, and nominated also in the Queensland Literary Awards. Laurinda, Alice's first novel, was published in 2014 and was one of Readings' Top 100 bestselling books for the year. She is writing four books around the character Marly for Penguin's Our Australian Girl series.
Alice's writing has appeared in many notable publications
including the Monthly, the Age, Meanjin,
Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays.
Alice edited Growing Up Asian in Australia, a collection of
personal accounts, essays, short stories and poetry which is
currently a set text for the VCE English context on Identity and
Alice lives with her husband at Janet Clarke Hall
aAlice Pung is a gem. Her voice is the real thing.a a
aThis is a sophisticated and fiercely intelligent booka] Thereas something striking on every page.a
aHelen Garner, author of "Postcards from Surfers"
?Alice Pung is a gem. Her voice is the real thing.? ?
?This is a sophisticated and fiercely intelligent book? There's something striking on every page.?
?Helen Garner, author of "Postcards from Surfers"