James Bradley (Australian writer)
15 May 1967
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Occupation||writer and critic|
|Alma mater||University of Adelaide|
|Notable works||Wrack, The Resurrectionist|
|Notable awards||Kathleen Mitchell Award|
His books include four novels and a book of poetry. His novels have been published internationally and won or been shortlisted for a number of major Australian literary awards, including The Age Fiction Book of the Year, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (SE Asia and Pacific Region), the Courier-Mail Book of the Year Award, the Aurealis Best Novel Award (Science Fiction category), the Adelaide Festival's National Fiction Award, the Fellowship of the Australian Writers Literature Award, the Australian National Book Council's 'Banjo' Award and the Kathleen Mitchell Literary Award. He was also one of The Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Australian Novelists in 1997 and 2000, and on 16 June 2008 The Resurrectionist was included as one of Richard & Judy's Summer Reads for 2008. He has also edited two anthologies, Blur, a collection of writing by young Australian writers, and The Penguin Book of the Ocean.
Bradley's novels explore both past and future. The first, Wrack explores questions about the nature of history and the imaginary origins of Australia, drawing together the story of the semi-mythical "Mahogany Ship", a Portuguese caravel supposedly wrecked on the southern coast of Australia, love stories and a murder-mystery. The second, The Deep Field, is set in a dystopic near-future and tells the story of a love affair between a photographer and a blind palaeontologist. The third, The Resurrectionist, based loosely on the story of the Burke and Hare murders details the fall from grace of a young anatomist, Gabriel Swift. And the fourth, Clade, uses the story of three generations of a family to explore the possible effects of climate change over the 21st century.
Bradley also writes as a critic, with reviews and articles appearing regularly in Australian newspapers and magazines, and blogs at City of Tongues. In 2012 he won the Pascall Prize for Criticism and was named Australian Critic of the Year.
He lives in Sydney with his partner, the novelist Mardi McConnochie.
- Wrack (1997) ISBN 0-09-183494-5
- The Deep Field (1999) ISBN 0-7336-1140-0
- The Resurrectionist (2006) ISBN 978-0-571-23276-5
- Clade (2015) ISBN 9781926428659
- Beauty's Sister (2013) ISBN 9780143569657
- Paper Nautilus (1994) ISBN 1-875604-21-9
- Blur: Stories by Young Australian Writers (1996)
- The Penguin Book of the Ocean (2010) ISBN 978-1-926428-16-1
|Date||Review article||Work(s) reviewed|
|2011||Bradley, James (September 2011). "'Green as emerald'". Australian Book Review (334): 40–41.||McGregor, Alasdair, ed. (2011). Antarctica : that sweep of savage splendour. Viking.|
- James Bradley's website, www.cityoftongues.com.
- The Catastrophe Business Peter Pierce reviews Clade for the Sydney Review of Books.
- Q&A with James Bradley about Clade
- James Bradley's Clade finds glimmer of hope in extreme future Profile of James Bradley in The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Read an extract from Clade Read an extract from Clade published by Hamish Hamilton, 2015.
- Pascall Prize website
- A review of The Resurrectionist A review of The Resurrectionist, Matilda, 14 April 2006.
- James Bradley: Anatomy of Violence, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 March, 2006 James Bradley: Anatomy of Violence.
- James Bradley talks about writing The Resurrectionist James Bradley talks about writing The Resurrectionist (.pdf)
- Read an extract from The Resurrectionist Read an extract from The Resurrectionist
- Picador Australia Reading Group Notes for The Resurrectionist Picador Australia Reading Group Notes for The Resurrectionist