It is with a sense of shock and horror that I note the passing of award-winning Australian author Liam Davison. He and his wife Frankie were victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight which was shot down over disputed territory in Ukraine.
Liam Davison was the author of five novels. His first, The Velodrome, was shortlisted for the Vogel award in 1987, and was followed by Soundings in 1993, The White Woman a year later in 1994, The Betrayal in 1999, and Floriegium in 2001. His short story collections include The Shipwreck Party (1988) and Collected Stories (2001) and he was also featured in The Best Australian Stories 2012 and 2013, and The Best Australian Stories – a Ten Year Collection. He also wrote non-fiction, publishing The Spirit of Rural Australia in 1999.
From Davison’s author page at GoodReads, I have learned that
He was born in Melbourne, where until 2007, he taught creative writing at the Chisholm Institute of Technology in Frankston.
Educated at St Bede’s College, Melbourne and Melbourne Teacher’s College. Davison was awarded the National Book Council’s Banjo Award for Fiction in 1993 and has been shortlisted for several literary prizes such as The Age Book of the Year Award and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. His work is characterised by its sharp and perceptive insights into Australian history and landscape.
To his family and friends, and all who loved his books and writing, I offer my heartfelt condolences.
I have just ordered four of Davison’s novels from AbeBooks, and my tribute to him will be to read and review them in due course. Update 26/7/14 The first of these reviews is now available: see The Velodrome.
My thanks to Perry Middlemiss for some of the information about Davison’s oeuvre.
PS Visit the Association for the Study of Australian Literature to read Nat O’Reilly’s obituary.