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
The Secret Lives of Men (9781922070357) Scribe, 2013
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
Closed for Winter (2009) adapted by Georgia Blain and James Bogle
1999 named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists
2009 Shortlisted for the Nita B. Kibble Literary Award
2012 Shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Young Adult
2014 Shortlisted Christina Stead Prize for Fiction NSW Premier's Literary Awards
2014 Longlisted for the Nita B. Kibble Literary Award
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
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.