One of Australia’s best loved authors, Di Morrissey, will be awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) on May 25. Morrissey is to be the well-deserved recipient of the Lloyd O’Neil Award, an award that recognises the long service of individuals in the Australian book world.
Di Morrissey is one of the Australia’s most well-loved and prolific authors, selling more than three million copies, and with an impressive 24 bestselling novels and three children’s books to her name.
And yet Morrissey didn’t started out as a novelist. She trained as a journalist, working in newspapers, magazines, television, film, theatre and advertising around the world. It was her fascination with different countries; their landscape, their cultural, political and environmental issues that has been the catalyst for her novels which are all inspired by a particular landscape.
One of Australia’s greatest literary treasures, Tom Keneally, will present Morrissey with the award next week. Said Keneally: “Di Morrissey, an old neighbour of mine, has not only distinguished herself through writing novels loved by hundreds of thousands of Australians but – let us not forget – made possible the publication of many books that may not have otherwise have appeared without her contribution to the Australian book industry.”
Lloyd O’Neil was a pioneer of Australian publishing, beginning his career as a bookseller and becoming an insightful and talented publisher, printing popular mass market titles that captured the mood of the nation and developing hugely successful educational and travel lists.
Morrissey will join an elite group of Lloyd O’Neil Award author recipients including Peter Carey, John Marsden, Margaret Fulton and Bryce Courtenay.