Anson Cameron grew up in the Victorian town of Shepparton in the sixties and seventies and now lives in Melbourne with his wife and two daughters. He had his first collection of short stories, Nice Shootin Cowboy, published in 1998 by Pan MacMillan. The collection was shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Steele Rudd Award. The title story was made into a short film, Nice Shootin Cowboy, produced by John Maynard and directed by Ben Phelps in 2008.
His first novel, Silences Long Gone, was published in 1999 by Pan Macmillan and shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Award and the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. His second novel, Tin Toys, was published in 2001 by Pan Macmillan and shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year. His third novel, Confessin The Blues, was published in 2003, and his fourth, Lies I Told About A Girl, four years later in 2007, and was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s Award. Random House published Stealing Picasso, his fifth novel, in 2011, followed by his acclaimed second collection of short stories, Pepsi Bears. The Last Pulse was published by Random House in 2014 and The Australian newspaper called it “… a comic masterpiece… one of the funniest, blackly exuberant explorations of Australian national identity in memory.”
Boyhoodlum, a memoir of his childhood in Shepparton, was published by Random House in 2015 and described by The Age as, “…surely marked for a classic spot in Australian literature … freezing a period, country Australia in the 1960s, clear as a panoramic photograph…”
He has written for The Bulletin and The Drum, and currently writes a regular column for Fairfax in The Saturday Age, as well as contributing op-ed pieces for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.