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Jennifer Down has studied Arts at Melbourne University and Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT, and worked as a writer, editor, and translator. Named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year in 2017, she has been the recipient of artist residencies and fellowships at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Vermont Studio Center, and Can Serrat.

Her first novel, Our Magic Hour (2016), was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award for New Writing and highly commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her second book, the short-story collection Pulse Points, was shortlisted for the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction (NSW Premier's Literary Awards).

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y separately published work icon Bodies of Light Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2021 21962879 2021 single work novel

'Jennifer Down cements her status as a leading light of Australian literary fiction in this heart-rending and intimate saga of one woman's turbulent life

'So by the grace of a photograph that had inexplicably gone viral, Tony had found me. Or—he'd found Maggie.

'I had no way of knowing whether he was nuts or not; whether he might go to the cops. Maybe that sounds paranoid, but I don't think it's so ridiculous. People have gone to prison for much lesser things than accusations of child-killing.

'A quiet, small-town existence. An unexpected Facebook message, jolting her back to the past. A history she's reluctant to revisit- dark memories and unspoken trauma, bruised thighs and warning knocks on bedroom walls, unfathomable loss.

'She became a new person a long time ago. What happens when buried stories are dragged into the light?

'This epic novel from the two-time Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year is a masterwork of tragedy and heartbreak-the story of a life in full. Sublimely wrought in devastating detail, Bodies of Light confirms Jennifer Down as one of the writers defining her generation.' (Publication summary)

2022 shortlisted Voss Literary Prize
2022 shortlisted Barbara Jefferis Award
2022 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Book of the Year
2022 longlisted Davitt Award Best Debut
2022 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2022 winner Miles Franklin Literary Award
2022 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2022 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Fiction
y separately published work icon Pulse Points : Stories Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2017 11679894 2017 selected work short story

'The characters in Jennifer Down’s Pulse Points live in small dusty towns, glittering exotic cities and slow droll suburbs; they are mourners, survivors and perpetrators. 

'In the award-winning ‘Aokigahara’, a young woman travels to the sea of trees in Japan to say goodbye. In ‘Coarsegold’, a woman conducts an illicit affair while her recovering girlfriend works the overnight motel shift in the middle of nowhere. In ‘Dogs’, Foggo runs an unruly gang of bored, cruel boys with a scent for fresh meat. In ‘Pressure Okay’ a middle-aged man goes to the theatre, gets a massage, remembers his departed wife, navigates the long game of grief with his adult daughter.' (Publication Summary)

2018 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2018 winner Queensland Literary Awards University of Southern Queensland Australian Short Story Collection – Steele Rudd Award
2018 winner Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction
2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
Pulse Points 2017 single work short story
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings , January no. 28 2017; (p. 101-118) Pulse Points : Stories 2017; (p. 1-18)

'Ramesh had known Gerry for years - eight in fact, as long as he and Henry had been together - but this was, in a way, like meeting him all over again.' (Introduction)

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