Joan London (Australian author)

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Joan London
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in 2015
Born Joan Elizabeth London
24 July 1948
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Language English
Nationality Australian
Notable works Gilgamesh, The Good Parents
Notable awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, Age Book of the Year Fiction Award, Patrick White Award

Joan Elizabeth London (born 24 July 1948) is an Australian author of short stories, screenplays and novels.

She graduated from the University of Western Australia having studied English and French, has taught English as a second language and is a bookseller.[1] She lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, with her husband Geoffrey.[2]

London is the author of two collections of stories. The first, Sister Ships, won The Age Book of the Year (1986), and the second, Letter to Constantine, won the Steele Rudd Award and the West Australian Premier's Award for Fiction (both in 1994). The two were published together as The New Dark Age.[2] She has published three novels, Gilgamesh, The Good Parents and The Golden Age.

She was awarded the Patrick White Award in 2015.[3]

She is married to Geoffrey London, formerly the Victorian Government Architect.


Short stories[edit]

  • Sister Ships (1986)
  • Letter to Constantine (1993)
  • New Dark Age (2004)


Critical studies and reviews of London's work[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Wilde, Hooton and Andrews (1994) p. 475-6
  2. ^ a b "The Sydney Writers' Festival 2008". 
  3. ^ 2015 Patrick White Literary Award announced
  4. ^ "2015 Prime Minister's Literary Award winner". Australian Government - Department of Communications and the Arts. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015 Shortlist". The Trust Company. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Wilde, W., Hooton, J. & Andrews, B (1994) The Oxford Companion of Australian Literature 2nd ed. South Melbourne, Oxford University Press