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M J Hyland

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Maria Hyland was born in London to Irish parents. When she was two years old her family moved to Australia, but returned to Dublin after a few years, where Hyland spent her early childhood. When she was eleven years old, the family once again travelled to Australia, settling in Melbourne. After finishing school she worked briefly in film and television - appearing uncredited in an episode of Carson's Law and working for a time as a Director's Assistant on the Hinch program - before completing an Arts/Law degree at the University of Melbourne in 1996. She worked as a lawyer for about six years. In 2004 she completed a M.A. in English at the University of Melbourne.
New and upcoming books
July 2025

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Even Pretty Eyes
   How the Light Gets In (2003)
   Carry Me Down (2006)
   This Is How (2007)
   Even Pretty Eyes (2025)
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M J Hyland recommends
The Borrowed Hills (2024)
Scott Preston
"A remarkable debut. Taut, intelligent and beautifully told."
Heather, the Totality (2017)
Matthew Weiner
"A miraculous and fearless novel, Heather is unprecedented. As well as being smart, sharp and readable, it proves there are still fresh and exciting ways to write fiction."
The Waiting Room (2016)
Leah Kaminsky
"Kaminsky’s prose is deft and delicate, and this novel tackles the haunting of the Holocaust with a tough and remarkably unsentimental gaze."

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Books containing stories by M J Hyland
The Best British Short Stories 2013 (2013)
(Best British Short Stories)
edited by
Nicholas Royle

Award nominations
2006 Booker Prize (shortlist) : Carry Me Down

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