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Margo Lanagan i(112 works by)
Also writes as: Belinda Hayes ; Gilly Lockwood ; Mandy McBride ; Melanie Carter
Born: Established: 1960 Waratah, Waratah - Shortland area, Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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A Sydney based author, Margo Lanagan grew up in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, and in Melbourne, Victoria. She holds a degree in history from the University of Sydney and has worked in a variety of occupations including selling encyclopaedias, writing corporate reports and working in a roadhouse on the Nullarbor Plain. Lanagan has also travelled widely and during the late 1980s lived in Paris while on a writing grant.

Since her return to Australia in 1988 Lanagan has worked as a writer and freelance book editor. She has an established popular appeal and a number of her works have been translated into different languages. Lanagan writes speculative fiction and fiction for children and young adults. Her multi-award winning work is said to combine 'a sure sense of plot, with a deep understanding of children's concerns and feelings'.

Lanagan has presented talks and conducted writing workshops in schools. She attended Clarion West, a six-week residential writing workshop for science-fiction and fantasy writers, in Seattle, USA, in 1999 and has tutored at the Queensland-based Clarion South (q.v.).

Source: Booked Out website (Sighted: 15/11/2010)

Personal Awards

Awards for Works

Zeroes 2015 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Don't call them heroes. But these six Californian teens have powers that set them apart.

'Ethan aka Scam has a voice inside him that'll say whatever people want to hear, whether it's true or not. Which is handy, except when it isn't - like when the voice starts gabbing in the middle of a bank robbery. The only people who can help are the other Zeroes, who aren't exactly best friends these days.

'Enter Nate, aka Bellwether, the group's 'glorious leader.' After Scam's SOS, he pulls the scattered Zeroes back together. But when the rescue blows up in their faces, the Zeroes find themselves propelled into whirlwind encounters with ever more dangerous criminals. At the heart of the chaos they find Kelsie, who can take a crowd in the palm of her hand and tame it or let it loose as she pleases.

'Filled with high-stakes action and drama, Zeroes unites three powerhouse authors for the opening instalment of a thrilling new series.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Novel
2016 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2015 highly commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
Sea Hearts 2012 single work novel fantasy young adult

'On remote Rollrock Island, the sea-witch Misskaella discovers she can draw a girl from the heart of a seal. So, for a price, any man might buy himself a bride; an irresistibly enchanting sea-wife. But what cost will be borne by the people of Rollrock - the men, the women, the children - once Misskaella sets her heart on doing such a thing?'

—Publisher's website

2014 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2014 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult Fiction
2014 joint winner Barbara Jefferis Award With The Night Guest.
2013 longlisted International Awards UKLA Book Awards 12-16
2013 winner Indie Awards Children's
2013 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2013 winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Older Readers
2013 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
2013 winner Norma K. Hemming Award
2013 winner Ditmar Awards Best Novel
2012 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Young Adult Book Award
2012 joint winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Best Novel Joint winner with Kaz Delaney's Dead, Actually.
2012 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Best Novel
2012 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Young Adults
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