July 2018 Graduations: Alumni spotlight Sulari Gentill

ANU College of Law
3 July 2018

Sulari Gentill came to the Australian National University to study astrophysics, and left with a law degree. She spent the next several years working in the corporate sector as an in-house legal counsel for large government-owned water and energy utilities, and later as the principal of Ab Initio Business Consultants. She has served as a director on a number of boards including an extended period as Chairman of the Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority, before giving up the law to write novels. She maintains that the practise of law is an excellent apprenticeship for writing fiction.

Sulari's debut novel, A Few Right Thinking Men was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize in the Best First Book category for the Pacific and South East Asian Region.  Since then Sulari has released a further 11 novels, seven Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, the Hero Trilogy based on the myths and legends of the ancient world and a standalone literary metafiction called Crossing the Lines. Sulari won the 2012 Davitt Award for Crime Fiction, has been shortlisted in 2013, 2015 and the 2016 Davitt Awards, the 2015 Ned Kelly Award, the 2015 and 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards for Best Adult Book, the NSW Genre Fiction Award, commended in the FAW Jim Hamilton Award and offered a Varuna Fellowship. She was an Ambassador of 2015 Emerging Writers' Festival and the inaugural Eminent Writer in Residence at the Museum of Australian Democracy. Her books have been released in print in the US and Canada, and worldwide as audiobooks. 

Sulari lives with her husband, Michael, and their boys, Edmund and Atticus, on a small farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, where she grows French Black Truffles and works on the next book. She remains in love with the art of writing.