Justine Larbalestier worked as a research fellow in the English Department, University of Sydney. In addition to the works listed on Austlit, she has published The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction (2002), a history of women and feminism in American science fiction, and Daughters of Earth : Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century (2006), an anthology of stories by American and British science fiction writers. For the latter book, Larbalestier won the 2007 William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review.
Since the early 2000s she has been based in Sydney and New York.
Razorhurst2014single work novel historical fiction fantasy young adult
'The setting: 1932, Razorhurst. Two competing mob bosses - Gloriana Nelson and Mr Davidson - have reached a fragile peace.
'Kelpie knows the dangers of the Sydney streets. Ghosts have kept her alive, steering her to food and safety, but they are also her torment.
'Dymphna is Gloriana Nelson's 'best girl'. She knows the highs and lows of life, but she doesn't know what this day has in store for her.
'When Dymphna meets Kelpie over the corpse of Jimmy Palmer, Dymphna's latest boyfriend, she pronounces herself Kelpie's new protector. But Dymphna's life is in danger too and she needs an ally. And while Jimmy's ghost wants to help, the dead cannot protect the living.
'Gloriana Nelson's kingdom is crumbling and Mr Davidson is determined to have all of Razorhurst - including Dymphna. As loyalties shift and betrayal threatens at every turn, Dymphna and Kelpie are determined to survive what is becoming a day with a high body count.' (Publication summary)
How to Ditch Your Fairy2009single work novel young adult 'At New Avalon, everyone has a personal fairy - some less desirable than others: Charlie's fairy ensures that she always has a car park, which seems to pale in comparison to Fiorenze's all-the-boys-like-you fairy. (Publisher's blurb)
'Micah Wilkins is a liar. But when her boyfriend, Zach, dies under brutal circumstances, the shock might be enough to set her straight. Or maybe not. Especially when lying comes as naturally to her as breathing. Was Micah dating Zach? Did they kiss? Did she see him the night he died? And is she really hiding a family secret? Where does the actual truth lie?
'Liar is a breathtaking roller-coaster read that will have you up all night, desperately seeking for something true.' (From the publisher's website.)