Mardi McConnochie

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Mardi McConnochie (born 2 February 1971) is an Australian author and playwright.

She is the author of three novels, Coldwater (2001), The Snow Queen (2003), Fivestar (2005), several plays and two books for children, Melissa, Queen of Evil (2006) and Dangerous Games (2007). McConnochie's novels have grappled with questions about celebrity and the possibilities open to women and women artists.

As well as novels, McConnochie has written for the stage and for television. Her television credits include Home and Away, Always Greener, McLeod's Daughters and Pacific Drive.

McConnochie lives in Sydney with her partner, the novelist, James Bradley.

Life and work[edit]

McConnochie was born in Armidale, New South Wales and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. She has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Sydney.

McConnochie's novels have grappled with questions about celebrity and the possibilities open to women and women artists. The first, Coldwater, transplants the Brontë sisters to a penal colony off the coast of New South Wales, using their plight to explore different approaches to art, life and love. It was shortlisted in the "Best First Book (SE Asia and Pacific Region)" category for the Commonwealth Writers Prize,[1] and was named by The Washington Post as one of the Books of the Year.[2]

Her second novel, The Snow Queen is set in Adelaide and tells the story of a former Russian ballerina stranded in post-war Australia. It saw McConnochie voted one of the Best Young Australian Novelists by The Sydney Morning Herald in 2004.[3]

Her third novel, Fivestar focuses on contemporary notions of celebrity, charting the rise and fall of an antipodean girl group reminiscent of The Spice Girls.

Melissa, Queen of Evil, her first novel for children, won the 2006 Aurealis Award for Best Children's Novel.[4][5]


  • Coldwater (2001)
  • The Snow Queen (2003)
  • Fivestar (2005)
  • The Voyagers (2011)
  • The Flooded Earth (2018)


  1. ^ "Mardi McConnochie". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  2. ^ "A look back at the titles of 2001 that won the greatest praise from our reviewers -- in their own words". The Washington Post. 2 December 2001. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  3. ^ Wyndham, Susan (9 May 2016). "The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists Awards Turn 20". Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  4. ^ Wyndham, Susan (10 February 2007). "Shock, Horror". The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs: Entertainment. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Aurealis 1995-2009 compiled lists" (PDF). Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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