Shirley Hazzard's novel, The Great Fire was winner of the 2003 National Book Award. Born in Australia, Ms. Hazzard traveled the world during her early years, a result of her parents' diplomatic postings. In 1947, at the age of 16, she was engaged by British intelligence to monitor the civil war in China. In 1963, she married the writer Francis Steegmuller, who died in 1994. She has written three other novels, two of which were National Book Award Finalists: The Bay of Noon (1971) and The Transit of Venus (1981). She is also the author of two collections of short stories, and several works of nonfiction including the memoir Greene on Capri. The Great Fire was her first published work of fiction in more than 20 years. Hazzard now lives in New York, making frequent travels to Italy.
From the National Book Award website
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