Margo Lanagan

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Lanagan in 2007

Margo Lanagan (born 1960 in Waratah, New South Wales) is an Australian writer of short stories and young adult fiction.


She grew up in Raymond Terrace and moved to Melbourne circa 1971/1972. After overseas travel, she moved to Sydney in 1982.[1]

Many of her books, including Young Adult (YA) fiction, were only published in Australia, but several have attracted worldwide attention. Her short story collection Black Juice won two World Fantasy Awards and a 2006 Printz Honor Award. It was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin, in the United Kingdom by Gollancz in 2004, and in North America by HarperCollins in 2005. It includes the much-anthologized short story "Singing My Sister Down", which was nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards for the best short story.

Her short story collection White Time (ISBN 0-06-074393-X), originally published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2000, was published in North America by HarperCollins in August 2006, after the success of Black Juice. It received recognition as a 2007 Best Book for Young Adults from the American Library Association.[2]

In addition to Black Juice, a 2006 recipient, Tender Morsels also won a Printz Honor Award in 2009.

Tender Morsels was a 2008 Shirley Jackson Award finalist, the novella Sea-Hearts (later expanded into a novel) was a 2009 finalist. Tender Morsels won a World Fantasy Award in 2009 for best novel,[3] and was a Locus Award for Best Young Adult Book nominee.[4] Sea-Hearts won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novella in 2010.[5]

Lanagan is an alumna of the Clarion West Writers Workshop, 1999, and returned as a teacher in 2011 and 2013.



Teenage romances[edit]

As Melanie Carter:

As Belinda Hayes:

As Gilly Lockwood:

As Mandy McBride:

As Margo Lanagan:

Junior fiction
  • WildGame. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. 1991.
  • The Tankermen. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Walking Through Albert. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
  • Treasure-Hunters of Quentaris: Lothian Books. 2004.
  • The Singing Stones: a tale of the shimmaron. ABC Books. 2007.
Young adult fiction
Fantasy fiction
  • Tender Morsels (2008)
  • Sea Hearts (Australia)/The Brides of Rollrock Island (UK and US)(2012)[6]

Short story collections[edit]

Short fiction[edit]


  1. ^ Law, Michelle (September 2013). "Margo Lanagan is worldly and nice". The Lifted Brow. no. 19: 65 – via Informit.
  2. ^ American Library Association (2007). "2007 Best Books for Young Adults". Archived from the original on 13 February 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  3. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Locus YA Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
  5. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "2010 World Fantasy Award Winners & Nominees". Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  6. ^ Samatar, Sofia (Reviewer) (14 May 2012). "Sea Hearts/The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan". Strange Horizons. Archived from the original on 12 June 2015.

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