A Lifetime on Clouds: Text Classics
Gerald Murnane was born in Melbourne in 1939. He spent some of his childhood in country Victoria before returning to Melbourne, where he lived for the next sixty years. In 1957 Murnane began training for the Catholic priesthood but soon abandoned this in favour of becoming a primary-school teacher. He later taught creative writing. His first novel, Tamarisk Row, was published in 1974. It was followed by A Lifetime on Clouds, The Plains and five other works of fiction, the most recent of which is A History of Books. In 1999 he won the Patrick White Award. Ten years later he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature and, after the death of his wife, moved to north-west Victoria.