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.

Since early 2017 Nicholas Jose has been involved in a research project, 'Other Worlds: Forms of "World Literature'", for which he is leading a theme on 'Antipodean China' exploring the relationship between Chinese literature and world literature.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]



  • 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)
  • Bapo (2014)


  • 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 6 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Weldon and Hensher head to Bath Spa". The Bookseller. Retrieved 9 November 2012.
  3. ^ See the Other Worlds website

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