Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released five critically acclaimed solo albums on the Spunk label – On Night (2004), Under the Town (2006), A Loud Call (2008), Team (2011) and After a Time (2017) – as well as a collection of original children’s songs (See!, ABC Records, 2010), and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper (with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann). Her latest record, After a Time, was described by Rolling Stone as “a meandering stream of textures that conjure their own world of dappled light and boundless hope – 4 stars”; and by the Sydney Morning Herald as “rich with emotional insight, touched by grace and buoyed by trust – 4 stars”.
Holly’s debut novel, Goodwood, was published by Allen & Unwin in October 2016. Goodwood was described as “wonderfully lush and well realised” by The Australian, and “a complete revelation” by the Sydney Morning Herald. It came in at #7 on ABC’s The Book Club’s Top Ten; and was #3 on Dymocks’ list of the Best Books of 2016. Goodwood was shortlisted for an Indie Book Award in the Debut Fiction category, and has since been longlisted in two categories (Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year) in the Australian Book Industry Awards.
Holly has been nominated for four ARIA Awards – including two for Best Female Artist, and one for Best Children’s Album. Her record with Seeker Lover Keeper (Seeker Lover Keeper, Dew Process, 2011) debuted at #3 on the ARIA chart and has since achieved gold accreditation. Holly has toured at home and abroad with artists such as Joanna Newsom, Bill Callahan, Paul Kelly, Devendra Banhart and The Handsome Family. Guests on her albums include Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Mick Turner (Dirty Three) and Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon).
Holly is a council member for the animal protection institute, Voiceless. She likes good books, cryptic crosswords, small towns, and dogs.