Michael Sala


During a childhood spent moving between Europe and Australia, Dr Michael Sala developed a passion for writing. In 2007, he dropped out of medicine to focus on writing his first memoir manuscript, Memory Vertigo, which was short-listed for the Vogel/Australian Literary Award that year. He began his PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle in 2008. His short fiction and personal essays have since been published in a range of Australian anthologies and literary journals including HEAT, Kill Your Darlings, and Best Australian Stories in 2009, 2010, and 2011.

He received his PhD in Creative Writing in 2012, and the creative component of his work was published in that same year as the autobiographical novel The Last Thread, by Affirm Press. The Last Thread went on to win the 2013 Glenda Adams/UTS Award for New Writing and The Commonwealth Book Prize (Pacific Region.)

Earlier this year, Dr Sala published his eagerly anticipated second novel, The Restorer.

"The Restorer is a superb new novel from the author of The Last Thread, winner of the NSW Premier’s Award for NewWriting and the Commonwealth Book Prize (Pacific region) in 2013.

After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy, bringing their eight-year-old son Daniel and his teenage sister Freya with her. The family moves from Sydney to Newcastle, where Roy has bought a derelict house on the coast. As Roy painstakingly patches the holes in the floorboards and plasters over cracks in the walls, Maryanne believes, for a while,that they can rebuild a life together.But Freya doesn’t want a fresh start—she just wants out—and Daniel drifts around the sprawling, run-down house in a dream, infuriating his father, who soon forgets the promises he has made. Some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows between Roy and Maryanne until their uneasy peace is ruptured—with devastating consequences.

Haunting and utterly unforgettable, The Restorer explores the insufficiency of love, the way trauma shapes identity, and the frightening power parents have over the lives of their children." - Text Publishing.