Georgia Blain worked as a copyright lawyer and then as a journalist, before turning to novels.
In 2002, she was elected chair of The Australian Society of Authors. She published eight novels between Candelo (1998) and the two works released in 2016: Special (published in March 2016) and Between a Wolf and a Dog (published in April 2016). Her novels have been shortlisted for the Kibble Award, the Barbara Jefferis Award, the Christina Stead Prize (NSW Premier's Literary Awards), and the Vance Palmer Prize (Victorian Premier's Award): in 2016, Between a Wolf and a Dog won the Queensland Literary Award's Fiction Book Award.
Georgia Blain recounted her diagnosis and treatment for a brain tumour in a weekly column for the Saturday Paper.
She was the daughter of Anne Deveson and Ellis Blain, who worked for the ABC for forty years, until his retirement in 1974: Ellis Blain died in 1979, and Anne Deveson died three days after her daughter, in December 2016.
'Outside, the rain continues unceasing; silver sheets sluicing down, the trees and shrubs soaking and bedraggled, the earth sodden, puddles overflowing, torrents coursing onwards, as the darkness slowly softens with the dawn.
'Ester is a family therapist with an appointment book that catalogues the woes of the middle class. She spends her days helping others find happiness, but her own family relationships are tense and frayed. Estranged from both her sister, April, and her ex-husband, Lawrence, Ester wants to be able to let herself fall in love again. Meanwhile, April and Lawrence are battling through their own messy lives, and Ester and April’s mother, Hilary, is facing the most significant decision she’ll ever have to make.
'Taking place over one rainy day in Sydney, and rendered with the evocative and powerful prose Blain is known for, Between a Wolf and a Dog is a novel about dissatisfactions and anxieties in the face of relative privilege. Yet it is also a celebration of the best in all of us — our capacity to live in the face of ordinary sorrows, and to draw strength from the transformative power of art. Ultimately, it is a joyous recognition of the profound beauty of being alive.' (Publication summary)
The Secret Lives of Men2013selected work short story 'In these haunting stories, Georgia Blain explores human nature in all its richness: our motivations, our desires and our shortcomings. The men in these tales frequently linger at the edges - their longings & failures exerting a subterranean pull on the women in their lives.' (Publisher's blurb)
Too Close to Home2011single work novel 'Freya writes uncomfortable domestic dramas. Her friends work in theatre and film, show in galleries, talk politics and are trying new ways of having children with friends. These are the people who are slowly gentrifying the next ring of inner-city suburbs while praising their diversity.
'As the stultifying heat of summer descends, Shane, an Aboriginal man, moves up the road. He was once close to Matt, Freya's partner, and he not only brings with him a different approach to life, he also has news of a boy who might be Matt's son. Despite wanting to
embrace all that Shane represents and the possibility of another child in their life, Freya and Matt stumble, failing each other and their beliefs.' (From the publisher's website.)