David Whish-Wilson was born in Newcastle, NSW but raised in Singapore, Victoria and WA. He left Australia in 1984 to live in Europe, Africa and Asia, where he worked as a barman, actor, streetseller, labourer, factory worker, gardener, clerk, travel agent and teacher.
During this time he began to publish short stories in Australia (anthologised in Pascoe Publishing's Best Fifty Stories Collection) and had a longer piece short-listed for the Vogel/Australian Literary Award.
His first novel 'The Summons' was published in 2006 (Vintage - Random House) and his second novel 'Line of Sight' was published by Penguin Australia in September 2010.
He currently lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, where he teaches creative writing at Curtin University.
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“A boy with a dream…in a country at war with itself.” Based on a true story, The Gift is an African coming of age novella in a city where to be called a ‘survivor’ - is the highest compliment that can be paid.
A subtle and powerful morality tale in the vein of Bernhard Schlink's The Reader. Originally published by Random House Australia in 2006, The Summons received glowing reviews in all the major Australian newspapers and journals.