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Emily Maguire Emily Maguire i(A81133 works by)
Born: Established: 1976 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, ;
Gender: Female
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Although born in Canberra, Emily Maguire grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney. After a period of work she travelled widely in Europe and the United States of America before returning to Sydney. Maguire has studied for a Masters in Literature at the University of New England and was awarded an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship for 2003.

She is the sister of Ben Pobjie.

Source: Brandl & Schlesinger website,
Sighted: 22 March 2004

Most Referenced Works


  • Maguire published Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity in 2008, a work on women's roles, equality, sexuality and identity. The book was re-published in a young adult edition, under the title Your Skirt's Too Short, in 2010.
  • Emily Maguire is a Stella Prize Schools Program ambassador.

Personal Awards

2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships 2020 Resilience Fund: Survive     $1,750 
2018 recipient Judy Harris Writer in Residence Fellowship
2013 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Six month residency at the Keesing Studio, Paris, 1 August 2014 - 27 January 2015

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Love Objects Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21036607 2021 single work novel

'Nic is a forty-five-year-old trivia buff, amateur nail artist and fairy godmother to the neighbourhood's stray cats. She's also the owner of a decade's worth of daily newspapers, enough clothes and shoes to fill Big W three times over and a pen collection which, if laid end-to-end, would probably circle her house twice.

'The person she's closest to in the world is her beloved niece Lena, who she meets for lunch every Sunday. One day Nic fails to show up. When Lena travels to her aunt's house to see if Nic's all right, she gets the shock of her life, and sets in train a series of events that will prove cataclysmic for them both.

'By the acclaimed author of An Isolated Incident, Love Objects is a clear-eyed, heart-wrenching and deeply compassionate novel about love and family, betrayal and forgiveness, and the things we do to fill our empty spaces.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2022 shortlisted Colin Roderick Award
2022 highly commended New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2022 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2022 longlisted Indie Awards Fiction
y separately published work icon An Isolated Incident Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2016 9331610 2016 single work novel crime

'When beautiful 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small New South Wales town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a full investigation gets underway as a media storm descends.

'Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm is Bella's beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub and occasional sex worker, and a woman whose apparent easygoing nature conceals hard-won wisdom and the kind of street-smart only experience can bring.

'As Chris is plunged into despair and searches for answers, reasons, explanations - anything - that could make even the smallest sense of Bella's death, her ex-husband, friends and neighbours do their best to support her. But as the days tick by with no arrest, Chris's suspicion of those around her grows.

'Also interested in Chris is May Norman, a young, self-absorbed city journalist, who is determined that Bella's murder will be the story to launch her career. But the longer May spends in Strathdee, the more she feels unable to do the job she was sent to do, yet unwilling to leave until she knows how the story ends.

'An Isolated Incident is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, the media's obsession with pretty dead girls, the grip of grief and the myth of closure, and the difficulties of knowing the difference between a ghost and a memory, between a monster and a man. ' (Publication summary)

2018 longlisted International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2017 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
2017 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2017 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2017 longlisted Indie Awards Fiction
2017 highly commended Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Fiction
y separately published work icon Fishing for Tigers Sydney : Picador , 2012 Z1875618 2012 single work novel

'Six years ago, Mischa Reese left her abusive husband and suffocating life in California and reinvented herself in steamy, chaotic Hanoi. In Vietnam, she finds satisfying work and enjoys a life of relative luxury and personal freedom. Thirty-five and single, Mischa believes that romance and passion are for teenagers; a view with which her cynical, promiscuous expat friends agree.

'But then a friend introduces Mischa to his visiting eighteen-year-old son. Cal is a strikingly attractive Vietnamese-Australian boy, but he's resentful of his father, and of the nation which has stolen him away. His beauty and righteous idealism awaken something in Mischa and the two launch into an affair that threatens Mischa's friendships and reputation and challenges her sense of herself as unselfish and good.

'Set among the louche world of Hanoi's expatriate community, Fishing for Tigers is about a woman struggling with the morality of finding peace in a war-haunted city, personal fulfilment in the midst of poverty and sexual joy with a vulnerable youth.' (From the publisher's website.)

2013 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
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