Dorothy Johnston

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Dorothy Johnston
Born 1948
Geelong, Victoria
Language English
Nationality Australian
Notable works One for the Master
Years active 1975-

Dorothy Johnston (born 1948) is an Australian author of both crime and literary fiction. She has published novels, short stories and essays.

Born in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Johnston trained as a teacher at the University of Melbourne and later worked as a researcher in the education field.[1] She lived in Canberra from 1979 to 2008, and currently lives in Ocean Grove, Victoria (Australia).[2] She is a former President of Canberra PEN and a founding member of the Seven Writers' Group.[3]




  • Tunnel Vision (1984)
  • Ruth (1986)
  • Maralinga, My Love (1988)
  • One for the Master (1997)
  • The Trojan Dog (2000)
  • The White Tower (2003)
  • The House at Number 10 (2005)
  • Eden (2007)
  • Through a Camel's Eye (2016) - first in her Sea-change Mystery series

Short stories[edit]

  • "The Boatman Of Lake Burley Griffin", published in Canberra Tales: Stories (1988) (reprinted as The Division of Love: Stories, 1995); Below the Water Line (1999) and The Invisible Thread, A Hundred Years of Words (2012)
  • "A Christmas Story", published in Motherlove (1996)
  • "Two Wrecks", published in Best Australian Stories (2008) and Best Australian Stories: A Ten-year Collection (2011)
  • "Quicksilver's Ride", published in Best Australian Stories (2009)


  • "Female Sleuths And Family Matters: Can Genre and Literary Fiction Coalesce?", published in Australian Book Review (2000)
  • "A Script With No Words", published in HEAT New Series 1 (2001)
  • "Disturbing Undertones", published in The Griffith Review (2007)
  • "But when she was bad...", published in The Australian Literary Review (2008)
  • "The sounds of silence", published in The Age (2009)
  • "Fiction's ever present danger", published in Spectrum (January 2011)


  1. ^ Johnston, Dorothy (1948 - ) (Australian Women's Archive Project) Accessed: 4 February 2007
  2. ^ "Leaving literary Canberra", published in The Canberra Times 12 January 2008
  3. ^ Randall, D'arcy "Seven Writers And Australia's Literary Capital", published in Republics of Letters: Literary Communities In Australia, Peter Kirkpatrick and Robert Dixon (Eds.) Sydney University Press, 2012, p205-216.
  4. ^ "ACT Book of the Year Winners". ACT Virtual Library. Archived from the original on 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 

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