Anna Funder


Author, University of Technology Luminary

Anna Funder is the author of “Stasiland,” “All That I Am,” the novella “The Girl with the Dogs,” and “Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life.” “Stasiland,” hailed as a “classic,” tells true stories of ordinary people who heroically resisted the communist dictatorship of East Germany, and of others who worked for the Stasi.

In 2004 “Stasiland” won the U.K.’s premier award for non-fiction, the Samuel Johnson Prize, and was a finalist for many other awards. Funder’s novel “All That I Am” is an homage to four German anti-Hitler activists living bravely but precariously in exile in London in the 1930s. “All That I Am” garnered many literary awards including Australia’s most prestigious, the Miles Franklin Prize, and was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. It spent over a year on the bestseller lists, was BBC Book of the Week and Book at Bedtime, and The Times Book of the Month. Both books are international bestsellers, published in over twenty-four countries.

“Wifedom,” hailed as a “masterpiece,” and a “spellbinding achievement,” was an instant Sunday Times Bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2023, and listed as a best book of the year by the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Economist, The Times, the Independent, The Telegraph and LitHub.

Originally trained as an international human rights lawyer, Funder is a former DAAD Fellow in Berlin, Australia Council Fellow, and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. She has lived in Paris, Berlin, and Brooklyn, and now lives in Sydney, Australia.


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