Andrea Goldsmith

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Andrea Goldsmith
Born24 March 1950
Melbourne, Victoria
Notable worksThe Prosperous Thief

Andrea Goldsmith (born 24 March 1950) is an Australian writer and novelist.


Goldsmith was born in Melbourne, Victoria, to an Australian-Jewish family. She started learning the piano as a young child, and music remains an abiding passion. She initially trained as a speech pathologist and worked for several years with children suffering from severe communication impairment until becoming a full-time writer in the late 1980s. During the 1990s she taught creative writing at Deakin University, and she continues to conduct workshops and mentor new novelists.

She travels widely, and London, in particular, figures prominently in her novels. At the same time, she describes herself as 'a deeply Melbourne person'.[1]

Goldsmith lived with her lesbian partner, the poet Dorothy Porter, in Melbourne's inner suburbs until Porter's death in 2008.[2]

Literary career[edit]

Andrea Goldsmith has published six novels. Rich in ideas and characterisation, they tell of contemporary life in all its diversity. Narratives of ambition, love, family, art, music and relationships abound in her books.

She also writes literary essays on topics as diverse as Oliver Sacks ('Oliver Sacks: Anthropologist of Mind'), nuclear physics and life-threatening illness ('Chain Reaction') and Jewish-Australian identity ('Talmudic Excursions'). She is a lively and dramatic performer of her work and reads regularly at venues throughout Australia. She was a lecturer in creative writing at Deakin University in Melbourne (1995-8) and while as a writer-in-residence at La Trobe University she edited an anthology written by a group of people with gambling problems, called Calling A Spade A Spade. She conducts workshops and short courses for writers of fiction, and she mentors new novelists.

She has been a guest at all the major literary festivals in Australia, and appeared at the 2009 Sydney Writers' Festival.


  • 1993 — NBC Banjo Awards, NBC Lysbeth Cohen Memorial Prize Modern Interiors, shortlisted
  • 2003 — Miles Franklin Award The Prosperous Thief, shortlisted 2003



  • Gracious Living (Penguin, 1990)
  • Modern Interiors (Penguin, 1991)
  • Facing the Music (Penguin, 1994)
  • Under the Knife (Penguin, 1998)
  • The Prosperous Thief (Allen&Unwin, 2002)
  • Reunion (HarperCollins, 2009)
  • The Memory Trap (Fourth Estate, 2013)
  • Invented Lives (Scribe, 2019)


  1. ^ Dooley, Gillian (August 2014). "They All Begin with an Idea: A Conversation with Andrea Goldsmith" (PDF). Writers in Conversation. 1 (2): 13 – via ARCHIVED AT FLINDERS UNIVERSITY: DSPACE.FLINDERS.EDU.AU.
  2. ^ "Porter dead at 54", Sydney Star Observer, 10 December 2008, retrieved 19 December 2008

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