David Malouf was born in Queensland, Australia, in March 1934 to a Lebanese-Christian father and English-Jewish mother.
He graduated from the University of Queensland in 1955 and lectured for a short period before moving to London, where he taught at Holland Park Comprehensive School and in Birkenhead. He returned to Australia in 1968 and lectured at the University of Sydney before becoming a full-time writer in 1978.
His books include The Great World (1990), winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Prix Femina Etranger; and Remembering Babylon (1993), winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the First International IMPAC award, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize for fiction.
In 2008, Malouf won the Australian Publishers Association’s Lloyd O’Neil Award for outstanding service to the Australian book industry. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2008.
David Malouf lives in Sydney.