Eva Hornung was born in Bendigo, Victoria. As Eva Sallis, she is a writer of literary fiction and criticism. Many of her works explore ideas on culture, exile and belonging.
Her first novel Hiam won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for 1997, the Nita May Dobbie Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Courier-Mail Book of the Year 1999 and the National Fiction Award 2000.
She has studied Arabic intensively for seven years and travels regularly to the Middle East, particularly Yemen and Lebanon. She is working on translating stories from the Yemeni writer Abd al-Kareem al-Razihi, and has published two of these in the literary journal Heat in 2005.
The Marsh Birds, set in Iraq, Syria, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand, won the Asher Literary Award 2005 and was shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year 2005; NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2006; National Fiction Award, Festival Awards for Literature 2006; and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best Book South East Asia and Pacific Region 2006.
Eva's latest novel, Dog Boy was published in Australia by Text Publishing in March 2009.