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Mandy Sayer

Mandy Sayer is an award-winning novelist and narrative non-fiction writer. Her work has been published in the UK, the United States, Brazil, Germany, Japan and China. Sayer’s honours include the Vogel Award, the National Biography Award, the South Australian Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction, The Age Book of the Year for Non-fiction and the Davitt Award for Young Adult Fiction. She was the recipient of the 2021 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, which supported her research and writing of Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters. She lives in Sydney with her husband, writer Louis Nowra, and their rescue dog, Basil. For more information, visit

Books from this author
Australian Gypsies
October 2017
Since the arrival of the First Fleet there have been Gypsies in Australia, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories. In  Australian Gypsies
Misfits & Me
October 2018
'I fell in love with my first misfit at the age of three. He was a disabled man in a wheelchair who sold newspapers every afternoon outside the Empire Hotel in Annandale. Whenever I glimpsed him in the distance I would break into a run, jump onto his lap, and smother him with kisses.'
Those Dashing McDonagh Sisters: Australia’s first female filmmaking team
November 2022
Introducing the McDonagh sisters … a trio of extraordinary and ground-breaking filmmakers.