|Born||Georgia Frances Elise Blain|
12 December 1964
|Died||9 December 2016 (aged 51)|
Born in Sydney in 1964 to journalist and broadcaster Anne Deveson (d. 2016) and broadcaster Ellis Blain (d. 1978), Georgina Blain completed an arts degree at the University of Adelaide before returning to Sydney where she studied law at the University of Sydney. She worked as a journalist commencing work in 1990 as a lawyer with the Australian Copyright Council and wrote many articles for their Bulletin (ISSN 0311-2934).
The draft of Closed for Winter 1996 earned her an Australian Society of Authors' mentorship with Rosie Scott. She later commented that without this relationship and guidance she may not have completed the novel.
When editing Between a Wolf and a Dog in 2015 Blain was diagnosed with brain cancer. A diagnosis which mirrored the story of Hilary, one of the main characters in the novel.
Novelist Charlotte Wood called Between a Wolf and a Dog
a novel of devastating clarity that traverses Blain's familiar terrain: the ordinary sadnesses in families, betrayal and forgiveness, the small, potent beauties of daily life that we allow to slip unnoticed through our fingers". In all her books Blain ruminates on families, siblings, loss, death, marriages and partnerships, in prose of stunning clarity and penetrating insight. Her writing is superbly paced and structured, and she has a gift for conjuring beaches, bush, and the suburbs of Sydney and Adelaide.
She was, "... Acclaimed as a novelist, short story writer and essayist who transformed the everyday into works of extraordinary beauty and clarity."
- Closed for Winter (ISBN 0140272070) Penguin, 1998
- Candelo (ISBN 0140272062) Penguin, 1999
- The Blind Eye (ISBN 0670912220) Penguin 2001
- Names for Nothingness (ISBN 033036488X) Picador, 2004
- Darkwater (ISBN 9781864719833) Random House, 2010
- Too Close to Home (ISBN 9781864711776) Random House, 2011
- Special (ISBN 9780857988089) Random House, 2016
- Between a Wolf and a Dog (ISBN 1925321118) Scribe, 2016
- The Secret Lives of Men (9781922070357) Scribe, 2013
- Births Deaths Marriages (ISBN 1741668603) Vintage, 2008
- Bulletin (Australian Copyright Council) (ISSN 0311-2934) numerous articles which may be located on Trove using Author Blain, Georgia
- The Museum of Words (ISBN 9781925322255) Scribe, 2017
- Closed for Winter (2009) adapted by Georgia Blain and James Bogle
Closed for Winter
1999 named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists
Births Deaths Marriage
2009 Shortlisted for the Nita B. Kibble Literary Award
2012 Shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult
The Secret Lives of Men
2014 Shortlisted Christina Stead Prize for Fiction NSW Premier's Literary Awards
2014 Longlisted for the Nita B. Kibble Literary Award
Between a Wolf and a Dog
2016 Winner The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award (Queensland Literary Award)
2017 Winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.
2017 Longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards
Born in Sydney in 1964 to journalist and broadcaster Anne Deveson and broadcaster Ellis Blain. She had two brothers, Jonathan (was diagnosed with schizophrenia and died by suicide) and Joshua. Her childhood was spent in various cities and the family moved to Sydney, Tuscany and Adelaide, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide.
In 1998 she and her partner Andrew Taylor welcomed daughter Odessa.
Her writing was influenced by the difficult relationship of her mother and the children with father Ellis Blain. "His presence alone created tension; it was the threat of what he might do that kept us tiptoeing, scared, around him, ... Blain had long terrorised the home he shared with one of the country's best-known feminists with the threat and practice of physical violence ".
- "Georgia Blain Death Notice". Tributes.smh.com.au. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
- McGilvray, Annabel (29 March 2008). "The Face: Georgia Blain". The Australian. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
- "Papers of Ellis Blain". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
- Gleeson-White, Jane (15 December 2016). "Georgia Blain, novelist whose work mirrored personal tragedy". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
- Blain, Georgia (8 October 2016). "Choose control". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
- Nelson, Camilla. "Goodbye Georgia Blain: a brave and true chronicler of life". The Conversation. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
- Charls, Stella (21 August 2017). "The Museum of Words by Georgia Blain". Readings. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
- O'Dea, Denise (April 2013). "None of a type". Australian Book Review. 350: 23. (review of The Secret Lives of Men)
- "Closed for Winter (2009)". IMDb. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
- "Short list for Kibble and Dobbie Awards announced 29 April 2009" (PDF). Media release. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
- "Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2012 Young Adult Shortlist". Readings. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
- "The Secret Lives of Men". Scribe. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
- http://qldlitawards.org.au/winners. "2016 Queensland Literary Award winners". Queensland Literary Awards. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
- "Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2017 winners: Georgia Blain wins posthumous prize 13 January 2017". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
- "ALS Gold Medal 2017 shortlist announced". Books + Publishing. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
- "ABIA Longlist Announced 2017". Scribe. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
- Keen, Suzie (13 December 2016). "Mourning a literary mother and daughter". InDaily. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- Blain, Georgia (26 March 2016). "Mercy and euthanasia". The Saturday Paper. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- "Anne Deveson, writer and broadcaster, dies days after daughter, novelist Georgia Blain | Australia news". The Guardian. 12 December 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017.