Siddhesh Joshi (Editor)

Georgia Blain

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Name  Georgia Blain
Role  Novelist

Georgia Blain httpscdnpenguincomauauthorsoriginal91244a

Siblings  Jonathan Blain, Joshua Blain
People also search for  Anne Deveson, Ellis Blain, Jonathan Blain, Joshua Blain
Books  The Secret Lives of Men, Too Close To Home, Births Deaths Marriages, The Blind Eye, Names for Nothingness

Parents  Ellis Blain, Anne Deveson

Georgia Frances Elise Blain (12 December 1964 – 9 December 2016) was an Australian novelist, journalist and biographer.


Georgia blain talks about her new book darkwater


Born in Sydney in 1964 to journalist and broadcaster Anne Deveson (d. 2016) and broadcaster Ellis Blain (d. 1978), Georgina Blain completed an arts degree at the University of Adelaide before returning to Sydney where she studied law at the University of Sydney. She worked as a journalist commencing work in 1990 as a lawyer with the Australian Copyright Council. and wrote many articles for their Bulletin (ISSN 0311-2934)

Her first novel was Closed for Winter. One of her most recent works Births, Deaths and Marriages, a memoir of her childhood, was short-listed for the 2009 Nita Kibble Literary Award.

The draft of Closed for Winter 1996 earned her an Australian Society of Authors' mentorship with Rosie Scott. She later commented that without this relationship and guidance she may not have completed the novel.

When editing Between a Wolf and a Dog in 2015 Blain was diagnosed with brain cancer. A diagnosis which mirrored the story of Hilary, one of the main characters in the novel.

Novelist Charlotte Wood called Between a Wolf and a Dog

a novel of devastating clarity that traverses Blain's familiar terrain: the ordinary sadnesses in families, betrayal and forgiveness, the small, potent beauties of daily life that we allow to slip unnoticed through our fingers". In all her books Blain ruminates on families, siblings, loss, death, marriages and partnerships, in prose of stunning clarity and penetrating insight. Her writing is superbly paced and structured, and she has a gift for conjuring beaches, bush, and the suburbs of Sydney and Adelaide.

Georgia Blain was just short of her 52nd birthday. She was, "... Acclaimed as a novelist, short story writer and essayist who transformed the everyday into works of extraordinary beauty and clarity."

Blain wrote a regular column for The Saturday Paper about her experiences with brain cancer.

She completed a draft of a final novel, The Museum of Words which will be published by Scribe in 2017.


  • Closed for Winter (ISBN 0140272070) Penguin, 1998
  • Candelo (ISBN 0140272062) Penguin, 1999
  • The Blind Eye (ISBN 0670912220) Penguin 2001
  • Names for Nothingness (ISBN 033036488X) Picador, 2004
  • Darkwater (ISBN 9781864719833) Random House, 2010
  • Too Close to Home (ISBN 9781864711776) Random House, 2011
  • Special (ISBN 9780857988089) Random House, 2016
  • Between a Wolf and a Dog (ISBN 1925321118) Scribe, 2016
  • Collected stories

  • The Secret Lives of Men (9781922070357) Scribe, 2013
  • Non-fiction

  • Births Deaths Marriages (ISBN 1741668603) Vintage, 2008
  • Bulletin (Australian Copyright Counci) (ISSN 0311-2934) numerous articles which may be located on Trove using Author Blain, Georgia
  • Film

  • Closed for Winter (2009) adapted by Georgia Blain and James Bogle
  • Closed for Winter

    1999 named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists

    Births Deaths Marriage

    2009 Shortlisted for the Nita B. Kibble Literary Award


    2012 Shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult

    The Secret Lives of Men

    2014 Shortlisted Christina Stead Prize for Fiction NSW Premier's Literary Awards

    2014 Longlisted for the Nita B. Kibble Literary Award

    Between a Wolf and a Dog

    2016 Winner The University of Queensland Fiction Book Award (Queensland Literary Award)

    2017 Winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards.

    2017 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards

    Personal life

    Born in Sydney in 1964 to journalist and broadcaster Anne Deveson and broadcaster Ellis Blain, She had two brothers, Jonathan (was diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed suicide) and Joshua. Her childhood was spent in various cities and the family moved to Sydney, Tuscany and Adelaide, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide.

    In 1998 she and her partner Andrew Taylor welcomed daughter Odessa.

    Her writing was influenced by the difficult relationship of her mother and the children with father Ellis Blain. "His presence alone created tension; it was the threat of what he might do that kept us tiptoeing, scared, around him, ... Blain had long terrorised the home he shared with one of the country's best-known feminists with the threat and practice of physical violence ".

    Georgia Blain died on 9 December 2016 from brain cancer which had been diagnosed in November 2015. Her mother, Anne Deveson, died three days later on 12 December.


    Georgia Blain Wikipedia