It's been 25 years since Looking for Alibrandi was first published, and it remains one of the most well-loved Young Adult books in Australia. To celebrate the anniversary, we spoke to author Melina Marchetta and learned a few things about the book...
1. The book isn't based on Marchetta's life, but rather her world.
"I wrote because I loved reading so much, but I was disappointed that I didn’t see myself in those words. There was nothing about my or my family's experiences out there, including on film.
"[But] I think that what happens if you write too much about your personal experience is it does become a limited experience... I always say if we had to write about our own lives - well mine anyway - it would be so so boring. Especially as a writer, a lot of the excitement is happening in your head. But writing about your world is a lot bigger."