AustLit logo
Aoife Clifford Aoife Clifford i(A112056 works by) (a.k.a. Aoiffe Clifford)
Gender: Female
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Born in London of Irish parents, Aoife Clifford grew up in New South Wales and studied Arts/Law at the Australian National University, Canberra. She has trained as a lawyer and has worked as a public servant and as a union official with the National Union of Workers.

Her short stories have been published in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Second Sight Cammeray : Simon and Schuster Australia , 2018 14107736 2018 single work novel crime

'A fugitive in the present. A runaway in the past.

'Eliza Carmody returns home to the country to work on the biggest legal case of her career. The only problem is this time she’s on the ‘wrong side’ – defending a large corporation against a bushfire class action by her hometown of Kinsale.

'On her first day back Eliza witnesses an old friend, Luke Tyrell, commit an act of lethal violence. As the police investigate that crime and hunt for Luke they uncover bones at The Castle, a historic homestead in the district. Eliza is convinced that they belong to someone from her past.

'As Eliza becomes more and more entangled in the investigation, she is pulled back into her memories of youthful friendships and begins to question everyone she knows … and everything she once thought was true.' (Production summary)

2019 highly commended Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
y separately published work icon All These Perfect Strangers Sydney : Simon and Schuster Australia , 2016 9027022 2016 single work novel

''This is about three deaths. Actually more, if you go back far enough. I say deaths but perhaps all of them were murders. It's a grey area. Murder, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. So let's just call them deaths and say I was involved. This story could be told a hundred different ways.'

'For Penelope Sheppard, university offers an escape from her troubled past. Running from a life weighed down with scandal and tragedy, Pen sees this as the ideal place to reinvent herself among perfect strangers. Life in her new halls of residence feels like a wonderland of sex, drugs, and maybe even love. But all too soon Pen realises you never can run far or fast enough. And when Pen's secrets are revealed, the consequences are deadly...Little by little, through Pen's flawed narration and tantalising diary entries, secrets, truths and lies come to light and a dangerous dilemma unfolds, twisting and turning until the very last page.' (Publication summary)

2017 longlisted Voss Literary Prize
2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2017 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
Last amended 11 Sep 2018 15:24:35
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: