Nicholas Jose

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Nicholas Jose (born 9 November 1952) is an Australian novelist.[1]


Born Robert Nicholas Jose in London, England, to Australian parents, Nicholas Jose grew up mostly in Adelaide, South Australia. He was educated at the Australian National University and Oxford University. He has traveled extensively, particularly in China, where he worked from 1986 to 1990. He was President of Sydney PEN from 2002 to 2005, Visiting Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University from 2009 to 2010, and is currently Professor of English and Creative Writing both at the University of Adelaide and Bath Spa University, England.[2] He has written widely on contemporary art and literature from Asia and the Pacific.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1990 shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award - Avenue of Eternal Peace
  • 1997 shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, South-East Asia - The Custodians
  • 2003 shortlisted for the The Age Book of the Year, Non-fiction - Black Sheep



  • Rowena's Field (1984)
  • Paper Nautilus (1987)
  • Avenue of Eternal Peace (1989)
  • The Rose Crossing (1994)
  • The Custodians (1997)
  • The Red Thread (2000)
  • Original Face ( 2005)

Short story collections[edit]

  • The Possession of Amber (1980)
  • Feathers or Lead (1986)


  • Chinese Whispers (1995)
  • Black Sheep: Journey to Borroloola (2002)

As editor[edit]

  • Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2009)
  • The Literature of Australia (2009)


  1. ^ "MS 8714 Papers of Nicholas Jose (1952- )". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  2. ^ "Weldon and Hensher head to Bath Spa". The Bookseller. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 

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