Sara Dowse migrated to Australia from the United States in 1958. In 1974 she became the inaugural head of the Office of Women's Affairs in the prime minister's department.

The department featured in her first novel, West Block (Penguin, 1983). She has published four other novels and just completed another, set in British Palestine. West Block will be reissued by For Pity’s Sake in 2020.

Pieces by Sara Dowse

Travelling with Mary
Edition 68: Getting On

A Femocrat’s Story, 1970s Style
Edition 28: Still the Lucky Country?

Edition 29: Prosper or Perish

Griffith Review