Nicholas Hasluck was born in Canberra in 1942. He studied law at the University of Western Australia and later at the University of Oxford. While practising law in Perth, he completed ten works of fiction including The Bellarmine Jug, which won The Age Book of the Year Award in 1984, and The Country Without Music, a joint winner with Tim Winton's Cloudstreet of the WA Premier's Prize for fiction in 1991.
In addition to these works, Nicholas Hasluck is well-known as a poet and has also written three books of essays including The Legal Labyrinth. He was Deputy Chair of the Australia Council from 1978 to 1984, a member of the Committee of Management of the Australian Society of Authors for many years, and served as Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council from 1998 to 2001. He was made a member of the Order of Australia for his services to literature. Nicholas was Chair of The Commonwealth Writers Prize 2006-2009. The University of Western Australia awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Letters in March 2009.
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