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Alison Goodman Alison Goodman i(A20719 works by)
Born: Established: 1966 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Alison Goodman holds a BA in Professional Writing and Literature and a Master of Arts. She has taught creative writing at the University of Ballarat, and she was the 1999 D.J. O'Hearn Memorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. As of 2018, Goodman was completing a PhD at The University of Queensland.

Goodman's first novel, Singing the Dogstar Blues (1998), won the Aurealis Award for best young adult novel. She followed this with a standalone novel (Killing the Rabbit, republished as A New Kind of Death) and two significant series: Eon (2008-2011) and the Lady Helen series (ongoing as of 2017). The Eon / Eona duology has been translated into twelve languages and published in eighteen countries. She has also published a number of short stories.

Goodman has won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel (Eon) and the award for Best Young Adult novel twice (Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact and Singing the Dogstar Blues), and has been longlisted and shortlisted for a range of other significant Australian and international awards, including the Davitt Award, the Norma K. Hemming Award, both the New South Wales and the Victorian Premier's Awards, and the James Tiptree Jr Award.

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Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact 2017 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Summer, 1812

'After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, where she is training to be a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club.

'As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing and take up the weapons of a warrior, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle. Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection.

'When Mr Pike, the hard bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, no one is prepared for the ordinary evil he brings in his wake. He has a secret task for Helen and Mr Hammond, and the authority of the Prince Regent. They have no choice but to do as he orders, knowing that the mission will betray everyone around them and possibly bring about Lord Carlston's annihilation.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2016 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Novel
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club 2015 single work novel young adult fantasy

'London, April 1812. Lady Helen Wrexhall is set to make her debut at the court of Queen Charlotte and officially step into polite Regency society and the marriage mart. Little does Helen know that step will take her from the opulent drawing rooms of Mayfair and the bright lights of Vauxhall Gardens into a shadowy world of missing housemaids and demonic conspiracies.

'Standing between those two worlds is Lord Carlston, a man of ruined reputation and brusque manners. He believes Helen has a destiny beyond the ballroom; a sacred and secret duty. Helen is not so sure, especially when she discovers that nothing around her is quite as it seems, including the enigmatic Lord Carlston.

'Against a backdrop of whispered secrets in St James's Palace, soirees with Lord Byron and morning calls from Beau Brummell, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club is a delightfully dangerous adventure of self-discovery and dark choices that must be made ... whatever the consequences.'

source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2015 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Novel
2015 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Novel
Eona 2011 single work novel young adult fantasy 'Once she was Eon, a girl disguised as a boy, risking her life for the chance to become a Dragoneye apprentice. Now she is Eona, thrust into the role of her country′s saviour.

'But Eona has an even more dangerous secret - she cannot control her power. When she tries to bond with her Mirror Dragon, the anguish of the ten spirit beasts whose Dragoneyes were murdered surges through her. The result: a killing force that destroys everything before it.

'On the run from High Lord Sethon′s army, Eona and her friends must help the Pearl Emperor, Kygo, wrest back his throne. Everyone is relying on Eona′s power. Can she face her own darkness within, and drive a desperate bargain with an old enemy? A wrong move could obliterate them all.

'Against a thrilling backdrop of explosive combat, ruthless power struggles and exotic lore, Eona is the gripping story of a remarkable warrior who must find the strength to walk a deadly line between truth and justice.' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 finalist Norma K. Hemming Award
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