James Bradley (Australian writer)

James Bradley (Australian writer)

James Bradley (born May 15, 1967) is an Australian novelist and critic. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, he trained as a lawyer before becoming a writer.

His books include three novels and a book of poetry. His novels have been published internationally and won or been shortlisted for a number of major Australian literary awards, including "The Age" Fiction Book of the Year, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book (SE Asia and Pacific Region), the "Courier-Mai"l Book of the Year Award, the Aurealis Best Novel Award (Science Fiction category), the Adelaide Festival’s National Fiction Award, the Fellowship of the Australian Writers Literature Award, the Australian National Book Council’s ‘Banjo’ Award and the Kathleen Mitchell Literary Award. He was also one of "The Sydney Morning Herald"'s Best Young Australian Novelists in 1997 and 2000, and on 16 June 2008 "The Resurrectionist" was included as one of Richard & Judy's Summer Reads for 2008 [ [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/winners-of-literary-lottery-that-is-richard-amp-judys-book-club-842079.html Winners of the literary lottery that is Richard & Judy's Book Club, "The Independent", 7 June, 2008] ] [ [http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,2285854,00.html Richard & Judy's summer book club unveiled, "The Guardian", 16 June, 2008] ]

Bradley's novels explore both past and future. The first, "Wrack" explores questions about the nature of history and the imaginary origins of Australia, drawing together the story of the semi-mythical "Mahogany Ship", a Portuguese caravel supposedly wrecked on the southern coast of Australia, love stories and a murder-mystery. The second, "The Deep Field", is set in a dystopic near-future and tells the story of a love affair between a photographer and a blind palaeontologist. The third, "The Resurrectionist", based loosely on the story of the Burke and Hare murders details the fall from grace of a young anatomist, Gabriel Swift.

Bradley also writes as a critic, with reviews and articles appearing regularly in Australian newspapers and magazines.

He lives in Sydney with his partner, the novelist Mardi McConnochie.



*"Wrack" (1997) ISBN 0-09-183494-5
*"The Deep Field" (1999) ISBN 0-7336-1140-0
*"The Resurrectionist" (2006) ISBN 978-0571232765

*"Paper Nautilus" (1994) ISBN 1-875604-21-9

*"Blur: Stories by Young Australian Writers", Vintage, 1996.

External links

* [http://www.middlemiss.org/weblog/archives/matilda/2006/04/review_the_resu_1.html A review of "The Resurrectionist"] A review of "The Resurrectionist", "Matilda", 14 April 2006.
* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/james-bradley-anatomy-of-violence/2006/03/02/1141191770429.html James Bradley: Anatomy of Violence, "The Sydney Morning Herald", 4 March, 2006] James Bradley: Anatomy of Violence.
* [http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/resources/JB-Resurrectionist.pdf James Bradley talks about writing "The Resurrectionist"] James Bradley talks about writing "The Resurrectionist" (.pdf)
* [http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/extract.asp?ExtractSubmit=033042226X Read an extract from "The Resurrectionist"] Read an extract from "The Resurrectionist"
* [http://www.panmacmillan.com.au/picador/reading_group_online.asp?RGSubmit=033042226X Picador Australia Reading Group Notes for "The Resurrectionist"] Picador Australia Reading Group Notes for "The Resurrectionist"

NAME=Bradley, James
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Contemporary Australian novelist and critic
PLACE OF BIRTH=Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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