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James Bradley James Bradley i(A30555 works by)
Born: Established: 1967 Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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James Bradley studied Law and Philosophy at the University of Adelaide and also studied Scriptwriting at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. He has worked as a law clerk, a judge's associate, a solicitor and a research assistant. During his residency in Shanghai, under the Asialink Writers' Residencies programme (2005), he worked on themes for a novel of colonial enterprise, modernity and occupation in China during the mid-twentieth century.

Most Referenced Works


  • James Bradley maintains a weblog at:
  • Not to be confused with film editor and producer James Bradley, known for editing work on such films as Radiance.

Personal Awards

2021 recipient Order of Australia Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) For service to literature as a writer.
2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups     $30,000 
2019 recipient Cultural Fund Fellowships Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing $80,000 for Deep Water

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Ghost Species Melbourne : Penguin , 2020 18652581 2020 single work novel science fiction

'When scientist Kate Larkin joins a secretive project to re-engineer the climate by resurrecting extinct species she becomes enmeshed in another, even more clandestine program to recreate our long-lost relatives, the Neanderthals. But when the first of the children, a girl called Eve, is born, Kate cannot bear the thought her growing up in a laboratory, and so elects to abduct her, and raise her alone.

'Set against the backdrop of hastening climate catastrophe, Ghost Species is an exquisitely beautiful and deeply affecting exploration of connection and loss in an age of planetary trauma. For as Eve grows to adulthood she and Kate must face the question of who and what she is. Is she natural or artificial? Human or non-human? And perhaps most importantly, as civilisation unravels around them, is Eve the ghost species, or are we?

'James Bradley embeds Ghost Species with his deep and humane understanding of the natural world and a profound optimism, that together we can survive and thrive.' (Publication summary)

2020 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Novel
y separately published work icon The Silent Invasion Australia : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2017 10649815 2017 single work novel young adult science fiction

'It's 2027 and the human race is dying. Plants, animals and humans have been infected by spores from space and become part of a vast alien intelligence.

'When 16-year-old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie has been infected, she flees with Gracie to the Zone to avoid termination by the ruthless officers of Quarantine. What Callie finds in the Zone will alter her irrevocably, and send her on a journey to the stars and beyond.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2018 longlisted Indie Awards Young Adult
y separately published work icon Clade Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8167449 2015 single work novel science fiction (taught in 1 units)

'A provocative, urgent novel about time, family and how a changing planet might change our lives, from James Bradley, acclaimed author of The Resurrectionist and editor of The Penguin Book of the Ocean.

'Compelling, challenging and resilient, over ten beautifully contained chapters, Clade canvasses three generations from the very near future to late this century. Central to the novel is the family of Adam, a scientist, and his wife Ellie, an artist. Clade opens with them wanting a child and Adam in a quandary about the wisdom of this. Their daughter proves to be an elusive little girl and then a troubled teenager, and by now cracks have appeared in her parents' marriage. Their grandson is in turn a troubled boy, but when his character reappears as an adult he's an astronomer, one set to discover something astounding in the universe. With great skill James Bradley shifts us subtly forward through the decades, through disasters and plagues, miraculous small moments and acts of great courage. Elegant, evocative, understated and thought-provoking, it is the work of a writer in command of the major themes of our time.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction
2016 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2016 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2015 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Novel
2016 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Fiction
2017 longlisted International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2015 longlisted Colin Roderick Award
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