Melanie Joosten Melanie Joosten i(A70789 works by)
Born: Established: 1981 ;
Gender: Female
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Melanie Joosten gained an Honours degree in Creative Arts and a Master of Arts (Editing) from the University of Melbourne.

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Awards for Works

A Long Time Coming : Essays on Old Age 2016 selected work essay

'This collection of thought-provoking essays explores what it means to grow old in our youth-obsessed world.

'Improved health care and increased standards of living mean that each generation is living longer than the last. Rather than heralding this as a success, governments see our ageing population as an imminent disaster and old age as a medical problem. In response, we are encouraged to remain active, stay healthy and work longer — in short, to refuse becoming old. But if living longer is really about staying young, do we risk turning a blind eye to issues facing the elderly?

'Written with intelligence and compassion, Joosten’s pieces consider the housing crisis as it affects older people, the politics of nursing-home care, the realities of dementia, and women’s changing relationship to their bodies as they age. Weaving interviews with research and personal essay, Joosten undertakes a timely and clearsighted investigation into what it means to age in a world focused on the young. Arguing that every one of us has the right to be old while maintaining integrity, these essays ask us to reconsider our individual and collective experiences to find meaning and come to terms with growing old.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize
2016 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature People's Choice Award.
Berlin Syndrome 2011 single work novel thriller '2006, Berlin. The once-divided city still holds its share of secrets.

'One afternoon, near the tourist trap of Checkpoint Charlie, Clare meets Andi. He's a native Berliner and English teacher; she's an architectural photographer who has taken leave from her job in Australia to travel through Eastern Europe. There is an instant attraction, and when Andi invites her to stay, Clare thinks she may finally have found somewhere to call home.

'But as the days pass and the walls of Andi's apartment close in, Clare begins to wonder if it's really love that Andi is after ... or something more sinister.' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 winner Kathleen Mitchell Literary Award
2012 co-winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
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