Gail Jones

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Gail Jones
Harvey, Western Australia
Notable worksDreams of Speaking, Sixty Lights
Years active1982-

Gail Jones (born 1955) is an Australian novelist and academic.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Gail Jones was born in Harvey, Western Australia and educated at the University of Western Australia. She is currently Professor of Writing in the Writing and Society Research School at the Western Sydney University.[2]

Since 2017 Gail Jones has been involved in a research project Other Worlds: Forms of 'World Literature', for which she is leading a theme titled 'Form as Encounter' that is exploring intercultural intersections and encounters.[3]


The House of Breathing

Fetish Lives

Black Mirror

Sixty Lights

Dreams of Speaking


  • Shortlisted for Miles Franklin Award, 2008
  • Shortlisted for Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2008
  • Shortlisted for Nita Kibble Award 2008
  • Shortlisted for SA Premiers Fiction Prize 2008
  • Shortlisted for Victorian Premier’s Award 2008
  • Longlisted for Orange Prize (UK) 2008
  • Shortlisted for Prix Femina Etranger (France) 2008

Five Bells

A Guide to Berlin

  • Colin Roderick Award, Winner, 2015
  • Shortlisted for NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 2015
  • Longlisted for the Stella Prize, 2016

The Death of Noah Glass

  • Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Prize for Fiction, 2019[5]



Short story collections

  • The House of Breathing (1992).
  • Fetish Lives (1997).

Critical works

These works have been widely translated.[6] The languages include Italian, German, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Mandarin, Polish, Croatian and Czech.


  1. ^ "Profiles". Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  2. ^ Unknown, University of Western Sydney -. "Professor Gail Jones". Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  3. ^ See the Other Worlds website
  4. ^ "Writing WA - TAG Hungerford Award winners". 2005-09-02.
  5. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 2018-12-12. Retrieved 2018-12-12.
  6. ^ "Gail Jones". Retrieved 2018-11-14.

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