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Brief Biography

Janette Turner Hospital was born Janette Turner in Melbourne in 1942. Her family moved to Queensland in 1950 where she undertook her education at Queensland University and Kelvin Grove Teachers College with a BA in 1965. She later taught in country Queensland and Brisbane, married Clifford Hospital in 1965 and moved with him to Boston, USA, and then on to Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her first piece of fiction, a short story titled "Waiting" was published in The Atlantic Monthly in 1978 and received an 'Atlantic First' citation.

Janette Turner Hospital has held Writer-in-Residence positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, the University of Sydney and La Trobe University in Melbourne. She divides her time between Canada, the USA and Queensland.

Several of her novels have been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award: Charades in 1989, The Last Magician in 1993, and Oyster in 1997.


The Ivory Swing 1982
The Tiger in the Tiger Pit 1983
Borderline 1985
Charades 1988
A Very Proper Death as by 'Alex Juniper', 1990
The Last Magician 1992
Oyster 1996
Due Preparations for the Plague 2003

Short Story Collections
Dislocations 1986
Isobars 1990
Collected Stories 1970-1995 1995

This page and its contents are copyright 2003 by Perry Middlemiss, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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