Mandy Sayer won the Vogel Award at 26, with her first novel, Mood Indigo. Since then she has been named one of Australia’s Best Young Novelists by the Sydney Morning Herald and has published the novels Blind Luck, The Cross, and The Night has a Thousand Eyes, which won the 2008 Davitt Award for Young Adult Fiction, and the short story collection Fifteen Kinds of Desire.
Sayer’s first memoir, Dreamtime Alice, about the years she spent tap dancing on the streets with her jazz drummer father in New York and New Orleans, won the 2000 National Biography Award, Australian Audio Book of the Year Award, and New England Booksellers’ Award in the U.S. It was published to critical acclaim in the U.S. and U.K. and was translated into several European languages. Her second memoir, Velocity, a prequel about her childhood, won the 2006 South Australian Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction and the 2006 Age Book of the Year (Non-Fiction).
Sayer has also edited the anthology (with Louis Nowra), In the Gutter, Looking at the Stars, a collection of literature set in Sydney’s red-light district, Kings Cross, and The Australian Long Story, published in 2009.
Sayer is a columnist for the Australian, the Sydney magazine, The Wentworth Courier, and regularly writes articles and book reviews for major publications, including The Spectator, Australian Literary Review, The Age, The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Monthly. Her work has also appeared in scores of literary journals and anthologies in Australia, the U.S., and U.K.
Sayer has a BA and MA from Indiana University, and a Doctorate from the University of Technology, Sydney. She lives in Sydney with her husband, playwright and author Louis Nowra, and her beloved Chihuahua, aspiring model and actress, Coco.
Sayer’s most recent novel, Love in the Years of Lunacy, was published by Allen & Unwin in Australia in 2011 and by Limes Verlag in Germany and Atria/Simon & Schuster in the US in 2012. Her eagerly awaited third memoir, The Poet’s Wife, was published by Allen & Unwin in Australia in 2014.