Dorothy Johnston

Dorothy Johnston is a Canberra-based writer who is an award-winning novelist, poet, short story writer, and author of reviews and literary essays. She trained as a teacher at the University of Melbourne, taught English, and was an education researcher.

Johnston’s books include Tunnel Vision (1984), Ruth (1986), Maralinga My Love (1988), One For The Master (1997), The Trojan Dog (2000) and The House at Number 10 (2005).

Johnston’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Amnesty (1993), Mother Love (1996) and Below The Waterline (1999), and her essays and reviews have appeared in numerous literary journals.

Her achievements and awards include being shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 1986 and 1997, shortlisted for the ABC Bicentennial Literature Award, joint winner of ACT Book of the Year, the Inaugural Davitt Award for the best crime novel published by a woman (runner up, 2000) and The Age Best of 2000, crime section.


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