Dorothy Johnston

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Dorothy Johnston (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]


The Miles Franklin Award Ruth, shortlisted 1987

One for the Master, shortlisted 1998

ABC / ABA Bicentennial Literary Award Maralinga, My Love, Fiction, highly commended 1988
ACT Book of the Year[4] The Trojan Dog, joint-winner 2001
Davitt Award The Trojan Dog, highly commended 2001



  • 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)

Short stories

  • 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 12/1/2008
  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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