Susan Johnson i(85 works by) (birth name: Susan Ruth Johnson)
Born: Established: 1956 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Susan Johnson grew up on Sydney's north shore, finishing school in Brisbane and starting work as a cadet journalist with the Courier Mail. After three years, she joined the Australian Women's Weekly in Sydney, and worked there for a year, from 1977 to 1978, before spending a year travelling in Europe.

On her return to Australia, Johnson worked for Sydney's Sun-Herald, the National Times and the Sydney Morning Herald. From 1999 to 2001 she was editor of 'Saturday Extra' for The Age in Melbourne. She has edited anthologies of short stories, written fiction, and contributed to several newspapers and magazines. In 1987 and 1988 she won Literature Board Fellowships and has been offered two residencies at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris in 1989. Johnson has taught creative writing in Hong Kong, London and Australia.

Johnson's writing explores such themes as the complexity of romantic and intergenerational relationships, finding a sense of fulfilment through work and the difficulty of discovering a sense of life purpose and direction.

Johnson has lived for some years in Hong Kong and London. In early 2008 she took out British citizenship. (Johnson also retains her Australian citizenship.)

Notes

  • In The Bibliography of Australian Literature: F-J (University of Queensland Press, 2005), the novel Forbidden (New York: Bantam, 1991) was listed as a work by this author. However, it has now been established that it is by a North American author with the same name.

Personal Awards

2013 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Established Writers Fiction

Awards for Works

The Landing 2015 single work novel

'Jonathan Lott, recently divorced, is about to find how much love really matters in a funny, delightful and poignant novel that lays out the human condition - looking for love in all of its many forms with secrets, polite lies, desperation, compromise and joy.

Jonathan Lott is confused. His wife has left him for a woman and he doesn't like living alone. Is it true that an about-to-be-divorced man in possession of a good fortune is in need of a new wife? Would Penny Collins do, divorced herself, school teacher and frustrated artist? What about beautiful Anna, blown in from who knows where, trailing broken marriages behind her? There's a lot happening at The Landing, where Jonathan has his beach house, and he's about to find out how much love matters.' (Source: Publisher's website)

2016 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
My Hundred Lovers 2012 single work novel

'That afternoon in the small bedroom the light was blue. The curtains were cream and blew softly in the wind. There was a cry, far off, almost out of earshot. There was a man in my bed and I did not know how he got there.

'A woman, on the eve of her fiftieth birthday, reflects on one hundred moments from a lifetime's sensual adventures. After the love, hatred and despair are done with, the great and trivial acts of her bodily life reveal an imperfect, yet whole self.

'... My Hundred Lovers captures the sheer wonder of life, desire and love.' (From the publisher's website.)

2013 longlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
2013 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
2013 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award
The Broken Book 2004 single work novel The novel is in two parts. Part one is in the form of the character Katherine Anne Elgin's journal and goes backwards and forwards in time and includes fragments of Elgin's autobiographical novel 'The Broken Book' about the character Cressida Morley who first appeared in the writing of Charmian Clift, and later in novels by George Johnston. Part two is the journal of the character Anna, Elgin's daughter.
2006 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2005 commended International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best Book
2005 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2005 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Fiction Book
2005 shortlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
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