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Meaghan Delahunt's first novel, In the Blue House, won the best first book category for the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize for South East Asia and South Pacific region and the Saltire First Book Award in Scotland; it was also shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and longlisted for the Orange Prize for 2001 and the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for 2002.

Meaghan Delahunt was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the eldest of four children. In her second year at Melbourne University, she dropped out to work full-time for the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party until 1986. Against a background of varied employment — working in shops, factories, teaching English, youth work, journalism and researching — and unemployment, writing remained a constant.

Her latest work, The Red Book is set 20 years after the Bhopal gas disaster; three lives are bound together by a series of coincidences in this beautifully-written novel. She has now moved on from Marxism to being a Zen Buddhist.

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