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Laura Woollett Laura Woollett i(A143252 works by) (a.k.a. Laura Elizabeth Woollett)
Born: Established: 1989 Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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Laura Woollett has completed a Bachelor of Creative Writing and Philosophy. Her work is inspired by mythology and she has a passion for the art of the Pre-Raphaelites. Fiction editor for Voiceworks from 2012 to 2015, she is the author of a number of short works, the story collection For Love of a Bad Man, and the novels Beautiful Revolutionary and The Newcomer.

In 2021, she was shortlisted for the Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2023 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships  Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups    $36,195     
2021 shortlisted Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship
2021 longlisted ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for ‘Ver Says’ 

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Newcomer Melbourne : Scribe , 2021 20729578 2021 single work novel crime mystery

'In a hotel room on a sleepy Pacific island, Judy Novak waits. And worries.

'It isn’t the first time 29-year-old problem child Paulina has kept her mother waiting. But Judy can’t ignore the island’s jagged cliffs and towering pines — or the dread that Paulina has finally acted on her threats to take her own life.

'When Paulina’s body is discovered, Judy’s worst fears seem confirmed. Only, Paulina didn’t kill herself. She was murdered.

'So begins a thorny investigation, wherein every man on the island is a suspect yet none are as maligned as Paulina: the captivating newcomer known for her hard drinking, disastrous relationships, and habit of walking alone.

'But, above all, Paulina is her mother’s daughter. And death won’t stop Judy Novak from fighting for Paulina’s life.'

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2022 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
y separately published work icon Beautiful Revolutionary Melbourne : Scribe , 2018 13911619 2018 single work novel

'It’s the summer of 1968, and Evelyn Lynden is a woman at war with herself. Minister’s daughter. Atheist. Independent woman. Frustrated wife. Bitch with a bleeding heart.

'Following her conscientious-objector husband Lenny to the rural Eden of Evergreen Valley, California, Evelyn wants to be happy with their new life. Yet as the world is rocked by warfare and political assassinations, by racial discrimination and social upheaval, she finds herself disillusioned with Lenny’s passive ways — and anxious for a saviour.

'Enter the Reverend Jim Jones, the dynamic leader of a revolutionary church called Peoples Temple. As Evelyn grows closer to Jones, her marriage is just the first casualty of his rise to power.

'Meticulously researched, elegantly written, and utterly engrossing, Beautiful Revolutionary explores the allure of the real-life charismatic leader who would destroy so many. In masterful prose, Woollett painstakingly examines what happens when Evelyn is pulled into Jones’s orbit — an orbit it would prove impossible for her to leave.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2019 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2019 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
y separately published work icon The Love of a Bad Man Melbourne : Scribe , 2016 10176710 2016 selected work short story

'A schoolgirl catches the eye of the future leader of Nazi Germany. An aspiring playwright writes to a convicted serial killer, seeking inspiration. A pair of childhood sweethearts reunite to commit rape and murder. A devoted Mormon wife follows her husband into the wilderness after he declares himself a prophet.

'The twelve stories in The Love of a Bad Man imagine the lives of real women, all of whom were the lovers, wives, or mistresses of various ‘bad’ men in history. Beautifully observed, fascinating, and at times horrifying, the stories interrogate power, the nature of obsession, and the lengths some women will go to for the men they love.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2017 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Fiction
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