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Emily O'Grady Emily O'Grady i(A151050 works by)
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In 2018, Emily O'Grady was based in Brisbane; she holds a PhD from QUT. Her work has appeared in Kill Your Darlings The Big Issue Fiction Edition, The Lifted Brow, Australian Poetry Journal, Westerly, and Award Winning Australian Writing. She won the 2018 Vogel for her novel The Yellow House, influenced by the murder trials of Ivan Milat (in 1996) and Matthew Milat (in 2012).

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y separately published work icon The Yellow House Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 13767453 2018 single work novel

'Even before I knew anything about Granddad Les, Wally and me sometimes dared each other to see how close to the knackery we could get. It was way out in the bottom paddock, and Dad had banned us from going further than the dam. Wally said it was because the whole paddock was haunted. He said he could see ghosts wisping in the grass like sheets blown from the washing line. But even then I knew for sure that was a lie.

'Ten-year-old Cub lives with her parents, older brother Cassie, and twin brother Wally on a lonely property bordering an abandoned cattle farm and knackery. Their lives are shadowed by the infamous actions of her Granddad Les in his yellow weatherboard house, just over the fence.

'Although Les died twelve years ago, his notoriety has grown in Cub's lifetime and the local community have ostracised the whole family.

'When Cub's estranged aunt Helena and cousin Tilly move next door into the yellow house, the secrets the family want to keep buried begin to bubble to the surface. And having been kept in the dark about her grandfather's crimes, Cub is now forced to come to terms with her family's murky history.

'The Yellow House is a powerful novel about loyalty and betrayal; about the legacies of violence and the possibilities of redemption.' (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best First Novel
2019 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2018 winner The Australian / Vogel National Literary Award (for an unpublished manuscript)
Phantom Limbs 2013 single work short story
— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , November no. 20 2013; (p. 20) Award Winning Australian Writing 2014 2014; (p. 45-51)
2013 joint winner QUT Creative Writing Prize
Stigmatic 2012 single work short story
— Appears in: Rex : The Journal of New Writing 2012; (p. 4-7)
2012 winner QUT Creative Writing Prize UNDERGRADUATE PRIZE
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