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Joan Elizabeth London (born 24 July 1948) is an Australian author of short stories, screenplays and novels.

Joan London
London in 2015
London in 2015
BornJoan Elizabeth London
24 July 1948
Perth, Western Australia
Notable worksGilgamesh, The Good Parents
Notable awardsChristina Stead Prize for Fiction, Age Book of the Year Fiction Award, Patrick White Award


She graduated from the University of Western Australia having studied English and French, has taught English as a second language and is a bookseller.[1] She lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, with her husband Geoffrey.[2]

London is the author of two collections of stories. The first, Sister Ships, won The Age Book of the Year (1986), and the second, Letter to Constantine, won the Steele Rudd Award and the West Australian Premier's Award for Fiction (both in 1994). The two were published together as The New Dark Age.[2] She has published three novels, Gilgamesh, The Good Parents and The Golden Age.

She was awarded the Patrick White Award in 2015.[3]

She is married to Geoffrey London, formerly the Victorian, and Western Australian, Government Architect.


Short storiesEdit

  • Sister Ships (1986)
  • Letter to Constantine (1993)
  • New Dark Age (2004)


  • Gilgamesh (2001)
  • The Good Parents (2008)
  • London, Joan (2014), The Golden Age, North Sydney, NSW Vintage Books, Random House Australia Pty Ltd, ISBN¬†978-1-74166-644-1

Critical studies and reviews of London's workEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Wilde, Hooton and Andrews (1994) p. 475-6
  2. ^ a b "The Sydney Writers' Festival 2008". Archived from the original on 31 July 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ 2015 Patrick White Literary Award announced
  4. ^ "2015 Prime Minister's Literary Award winner". Australian Government - Department of Communications and the Arts. Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  5. ^ "The Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015 Shortlist". The Trust Company. Retrieved 29 May 2015.[permanent dead link]

External linksEdit

See alsoEdit

  • Wilde, W., Hooton, J. & Andrews, B (1994) The Oxford Companion of Australian Literature 2nd ed. South Melbourne, Oxford University Press