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Jane Rawson Jane Rawson i(A117532 works by)
Also writes as: J. B. Rawson
Gender: Female
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Novelist and author of short fiction.

Rawson grew up in Canberra, and spent some years living in Phnom Penh, Prague, and San Francisco, before settling in Melbourne.

Rawson is the author of a range of short fiction published in Australian periodicals and anthologies, but is best known as the author of the novella Formaldehyde and the novels A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists and From the Wreck. Her work often falls under the heading of speculative fiction, and she is regularly shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards. Formaldehyde won the Viva La Novella Award and was shortlisted for the Norma K. Hemming Award, and From the Wreck was shortlisted for the Readings New Australian Writing Award.

In addition to her fiction, Rawson has written travel writing that has been published by Lonely Planet. She is also the author of the non-fiction The Handbook: Surviving and Living with Climate Change.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships

Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $34,830.00

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon From the Wreck Yarraville : Transit Lounge , 2017 10409268 2017 single work novel science fiction

'From the Wreck tells the remarkable story of George Hills, who survived the sinking of the steamship Admella off the South Australian coast in 1859. Haunted by his memories and the disappearance of a fellow survivor, George’s fractured life is intertwined with that of a woman from another dimension, seeking refuge on Earth. This is a novel imbued with beauty and feeling, filled both with existential loneliness and a deep awareness that all life is interdependent.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Fiction
2020 shortlisted Kitschies Award
2018 shortlisted Barbara Jefferis Award
2018 longlisted Voss Literary Prize
2018 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Novel
2017 shortlisted Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction
Lake 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Review of Australian Fiction , vol. 19 no. 2 2016;
2018 shortlisted The Woollahra Digital Literary Award Flash and Short Fiction
y separately published work icon Formaldehyde New South Wales : Seizure , 2015 8937356 2015 single work novella science fiction

'Lives turned upside down by a bureaucratic error in this Kafkaesque work of neo-absurdism. 'Original, intelligent and compelling - a rare combination. Formaldehyde pulls off a complex narrative with frequent time and point-of-view shifts without ever losing the reader. For a vella that borders on the Kafkaesque, it has a good deal of heart. The interconnecting stories are handled adroitly - the clever structure never gets in the way of the writing, which is sharply observed, assured and witty. Smart but never showy. The most original vel I've read for some time.' - Graeme Simsion 'Immerse yourself in Jane Rawson's Formaldehyde if you like the seriously weird or the creepily wonderful. This story has small but persistent claws; under cover of its smooth, conversational narration you will be clasped and dragged into some tough, strange places. Let it take you there. Let it blow your tiny mind.' - Margo Lanagan 'Skipping across different times and genres, Formaldehyde is a wonderfully strange and inventive story of love, loss and severed limbs.' - Ryan O'Neill' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Norma K. Hemming Award
2015 winner Viva La Novella Award
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