Alison’s memoir, Cold Stone Soup was a runner-up in the 2010 Penguin Varuna Scholarship and has been named the winner of the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards’ Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript. Alison, who is also a journalist, has written two novels for adults and seven for young adults and children. Her latest YA novel, Days Like This Penguin) was runner-up in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Alison’s first novel, Born Into The Country was shortlisted for a South African young writers’ award and her young adult book, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a Children’s Book Council Notable Book. Alison also writes travel features for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.