I Am Melba by Ann Blainey | Black Inc.

I Am Melba: A Biography

Awards for I Am Melba

  • Winner, 2009 National Biography Award
  • Number one most popular book in the State Library of Victoria's Summer Read program
  • Shortlisted, 2008 Age Book of the Year Awards

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About the author

Ann Blainey

Ann Blainey is the author of King of the Air and the acclaimed I Am Melba, which won the 2009 National Biography Award and was the most popular book in the 2009 State Library of Victoria Summer Reads program. Her other books include …

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Praise for I Am Melba

‘Blainey … writes with clarity and panache. This is an entertaining biography. Everyone should read it and be reminded of what a remarkable singer we once had in our midst.’ —The Sydney Morning Herald

‘… meticulously researched biography ....’ —The Australian

‘There have been five biographies of Melba, together with her own rather fanciful memoirs; but the present one by Ann Blainey is superior to them all.’ —The Age

‘…thoroughly researched, excellently written and beguilingly human biography of Nellie Melba...’ —Australian Book Review

‘Blainey brings a freshness to the story, giving us the feeling that we are reading about a life in progress.’ —Good Reading

‘… welcome and timely, shedding new light on the diva...’ —Courier Mail

‘This is a gripping story of triumph and sorrow.’ —Sun-Herald

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