Anna Funder is the author of the internationally acclaimed prize-winner STASILAND, and the No. 1 bestselling novel ALL THAT I AM.
ALL THAT I AM
Winner of the Miles Franklin Prize, the Barbara Jefferis Prize, the Indie Best Debut Fiction, The Indie Book of the Year 2012, the ABIA Best Literary Fiction, the ABIA Book of the Year 2012 and the Neilsen BookData 2012 Booksellers’ Choice Award.
When Hitler comes to power in 1933, a tight-knit group of friends and lovers become hunted outlaws overnight. United in their resistance to the madness and tyranny of Nazism, they find refuge in London. Here they take breath-taking risks in order to continue their work in secret. But England is not the safe-haven they think it to be, and a single, chilling act of betrayal will tear them apart…
Based on real people and events, ALL THAT I AM is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.
Winner of the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize
East Germany may have been ‘the most perfected surveillance state of all time.’ STASILAND tells true stories of people who heroically resisted the communist dictatorship of East Germany, and of people who worked for its secret police, the Stasi. Shortlisted for many awards in Australia and Britain, in 2004 STASILAND won the world’s biggest prize for non-fiction, the Samuel Johnson Prize. Hailed as ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘a classic, for sure’ STASILAND has been published in 20 countries and translated into 16 languages, adapted for radio and CD in the UK and Australia, and is on school and university reading lists in Australia, the UK, and the USA.
Anna Funder’s writing has received numerous accolades and awards. Her essays, feature articles and columns have appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, Ny Tid, Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Science Writing. A sought-after speaker, Anna has toured in many countries. A former DAAD (Berlin), Australia Council, NSW Writing Fellow and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, in 2011 Anna was named in the ‘Top 100 People of Influence’ by the Sydney Morning Herald. In 2011 Anna was appointed to the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Before turning to writing full-time in the late 1990’s, Anna worked as an international lawyer for the Australian Government focusing on human rights, constitutional law, and treaty negotiation. After jettisoning a legal career to write STASILAND, she jobbed for a time as a radio and television documentary producer at the ABC. Anna holds BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) and an M.A. and a Doctorate in Creative Arts, and speaks fluent French and German. She grew up in Melbourne and Paris, and lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.