Questions of Travel is the fourth novel by Australian author Michelle de Kretser, and it won both the 2013 Miles Franklin Award and the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction. Born in Sri Lanka, de Kretser emigrated to Australia when she was 14, and she was educated in Melbourne and Paris. Her novel charts two very different lives: Laura, an Australian travel writer imbued with the wanderlust of the affluent, and Ravi, who is fleeing war-torn Sri Lanka in the wake of personal tragedy.
Around these two characters, a double narrative assembles an array of people, places and stories, from Theo, whose life plays out in the long shadow of the past, to Hana, an Ethiopian woman determined to reinvent herself in Australia. Continue Reading