More About the Author
"Language shapes consciousness and from consciousness, our world is shaped."
- Antonella Gambotto-Burke, Vogue
Antonella Gambotto-Burke is a critic, journalist, and novelist. She is the author of five books - Lunch of Blood, An Instinct for the Kill, The Pure Weight of the Heart, The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide, which had her featured on the cover of the national paper's review section and was published in four languages, and a fifth book, scheduled to be published in April 2014.
She also contributes to a raft of international magazines and newspapers, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Australian, The South China Morning Post, The Mail on Sunday, and others.
Her work, both fiction and non-fiction, has been published in numerous anthologies.
Gambotto-Burke was described by Tatler magazine as a novelist of "great sensitivity" and as having "a keen eye for satire, which she uses to great effect." In The Sunday Age, Matthew Condon wrote that reading her fiction is "like being unable to stop staring into the sun when you've been told that it damages your eyes," and Who magazine described her as possessing "a major literary talent."
Her literary nonfiction has also been widely praised. Professor Nicholas Humphrey, author of A History of the Mind, wrote that The Eclipse: A Memoir of Suicide is "an astonishing, deep and beautiful book," Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention called it "a brilliant, moving book", and Michael Rakusin of Tower Books described it a "masterpiece".
Gambotto-Burke is known for longform journalistic nonfiction, and her work was featured in The Best Australian Profiles. Her selection of interviewees is eclectic. She has interviewed cardiothoracic surgeons and film stars, authors and rock luminaries, artists and academics, fashion designers and royalty. Her subjects include Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Bette Midler, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, John Shelby Spong, Paul Ekman, Jackie Collins, Martin Amis, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Brent Stirton, Sasha Grey, and others.
Australian Bookseller and Publisher described her as having "the astonishing ability to reveal the absolute essence of a person," and The Weekend Australian Magazine said that she seems "to mesmerize, to winkle out ever more personal revelations from her subjects, the tired-and-emotional type of home truths that usually punctuate a long lunch." Edward de Bono wrote of her work, "The pieces stand in the great tradition of writing that is to be read for its own sake as with the classic essayists."
Gambotto-Burke's recent work is notable for its humanitarian emphasis.
A dual Italian/Australian citizen, she is married to writer Alexander Gambotto-Burke, and they have a seven-year-old daughter.
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