Arabella Edge

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Arabella Edge
Born London, England
Language English
Notable works The Company
Notable awards Commonwealth Writers' Prize
Years active 1994 –

Arabella Edge (born in London, England) is a writer and novelist whose first work, The Company, received a 2001 Commonwealth Writers Prize and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.[1]

Early life[edit]

Edge graduated with an English Literature degree from Bristol University. She moved to Sydney, Australia in 1992 and worked as an editor for several consumer illustrated magazines. Her short tales appeared in the literary illustrated magazines Westerly and Ulitarra.[2] In 2002 Edge relocated from Sydney to the small township of Bicheno, Tasmania to work on her second novel.[3]

Major works[edit]

Her first novel, The Company, was published in 2000 and was a work of historical fiction based around the wreck of the Batavia on its maiden voyage off the Western Australian coast. The book was shortlisted for the 2001 Miles Franklin Award, and won the 2001 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in the Southeast Asia/South Pacific region.[4]

A second novel, The God of Spring was published in 2005. Also a work of historical fiction, the novel is set during the French Revolution and based on the life of artist Théodore Géricault as he researches and completes his controversial painting, The Raft of the Medusa.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Edge is married and has one stepdaughter.[2]


  • 2001 — shortlisted Miles Franklin Award for The Company
  • 2001 — winner Commonwealth Writers' Prize South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best First Book Award for The Company
  • 2001 — winner Herodotus Awards for Historical Mystery, Best International Book Award[6] for The Company



  • The Company: The Story of a Murderer (2000)
  • The God of Spring (2005) aka The Raft


  1. ^ Austlit - Arabella Edge
  2. ^ a b "The Company". Perry Middlemiss. 2006. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  3. ^ Edge, Arabella (2006-04-16). "Arabella Edge: My Tasmania". The Independent (UK). Independent News & media plc. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  4. ^ "Arabella Edge". Australia Council for the Arts. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Juliette (2005-12-13). "The God of Spring". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Ltd. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  6. ^ "2001 Notable Books". The Poisoned Pen Awards List. Archived from the original on 2007-08-18. Retrieved 2007-09-15.