Heather Rose

Heather Rose is the author of seven novels including her latest novel The Museum of Modern Love (2016).

The Museum of Modern Love is the 2017 Winner of the Stella Prize. It also won the 2017 Christina Stead Prize in the NSW Premier’s prizes and the 2017 Margaret Scott Prize in the Tasmanian Premier’s Prizes. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Queensland Premier’s Prizes and the 2017 Australian Literary Society Gold Medal. It is currently longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. In 2018 The Museum of Modern Love will be published in Greece, Israel, South Korea, China and the United States of America.

Her other novels for adults are: The River Wife (2009), The Butterfly Man (2005) and White Heart (1999). In 2006 The Butterfly Man was shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award, longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award and won the Davitt Award. Heather was awarded the international Varuna Eleanor Dark Foundation Fellowship for The River Wife in 2007.

For children Heather writes with Danielle Wood under the pen-name Angelica Banks. Their novels are: Finding Serendipity (2013), A Week Without Tuesday (2015) and Blueberry Pancakes Forever (2016). The series is published in Australia, Germany and the USA. A Week Without Tuesday and Blueberry Pancakes Forever were shortlisted for an Aurealis Award in 2015 & 2016 for best Australian children’s fantasy novel.

Heather’s favourite novels include William Faulkner’s Light in August, George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera and anything by Elizabeth Strout, David Mitchell or Kazuo Ishiguro. Over the years she has also been inspired by Ernest Hemingway, JRR Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, Mary Oliver, Peter Carey, Helen Garner, Ann Tyler, Douglas Adams, Cormac McCarthy, Ian McEwan, Patrick Rothfus, Elizabeth Gilbert, Barbara Kingsolver, Eckhart Tolle and so many more…

Heather has been writing professionally since she was 16. For more than 25 years she was an advertising copywriter and strategist.

Heather lives by the sea in Tasmania. She is slowly undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UTAS. Her idea of a perfect day is one that involves writing, swimming, painting and laughing.