Featured in award-winning author Amanda Curtin’s top 8 ‘WA Women Writers to Watch’, School of Communications and Arts PhD student, Rashida Murphy, can now add another impressive string to her bow with her novel, “The Historian’s Daughter”, being shortlisted for the prestigious Dundee International Book Prize.
The novel, written as part of her PhD in Writing, has been handpicked from over 500 entries and will be considered from a list of 10 finalists that hail from across the world. “The shortlisting has been exciting, as you can imagine, although I'm still nervous about the fate of my PhD, currently in the hands of my examiners.” Rashida surely need not worry; born in India, before moving to Australia, she has been writing all of her life, her short stories and poems have won several prizes and her work has been published in journals and anthologies, including The Westerly.
“The Historians Daughter”, a fictional work, is based on family memories and historical research, exploring the trauma of abandonment and displacement through the eyes of an immigrant family living in Australia. Rashida describes her work as “…a novel about what happens to a family when a loving mother abruptly walks out on them. Using a first-person narrative, the novel encompasses the narrator’s abandonment as a child in India, her subsequent relocation to Australia, her relationship with her menacing father and her attempt to locate and rescue her sister from the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Now in its eleventh year, the Dundee International Book Prize attracts a £10,000 cash award as well as a publishing deal with Cargo Publishing. Further information regarding this award can he found on the Dundee International Book Prize website.