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AN ISOLATED INCIDENT shortlisted for 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

The 2017 Miles Franklin Shortlist is:

  • An Isolated Incident, by Emily Maguire (published by Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • The Last Days of Ava Langdon, by Mark O’Flynn (University of Queensland Press)
  • Their Brilliant Careers, by Ryan O’Neill (Black Inc)
  • Waiting, by Philip Salom (Puncher & Wattmann)
  • Extinctions, by Josephine Wilson (UWA Publishing)


Posted on Thursday, February 16 2017

AN ISOLATED INCIDENT short-listed for the 2017 Stella Prize

AN ISOLATED INCIDENT has been short-listed for the 2017 Stella Prize


Posted on Wednesday, December 28 2016

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AN ISOLATED INCIDENT included on Indie Book Awards Longlist

Australian independent booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books, are proud to announce the Longlist for The Indie Book Awards 2017.

Galina Marinov, National Group Manager of Leading Edge Books says, 2016 has been a fantastic year for Australian publishing and independent bookselling in this country.  Amidst ongoing changes in the book industry, the independent sector is thriving and support for Australian writing is as strong as ever, with independent booksellers playing an indispensable role in nurturing new Australian talent. Their passion, enthusiasm and dedication go a long way in fostering strong and vibrant Australian writing and culture. The Indie Book Awards Longlist gather in one place the best of the best in Australian writing of 2016 as chosen by Australian independent booksellers.

Posted on Wednesday, June 8 2016

The Australian reviews An Isolated Incident

“This is a harrowing, fascinating, compelling work from an accomplished and thoughtful Australian writer who uses the vehicle of a young woman’s death to question and explore society’s treatment of women, the everyday violence it condones and its intrusive fascination with the murder of pretty young women.”

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The Age reviews An Isolated Incident

“The “isolated incident” at the heart of this gripping psychological thriller is the brutal murder of 25-year-old Bella Michaels in the small town of Strathdee. Through this incident, Emily Maguire explores themes including the violence permeating everyday life, the media’s treatment of attractive dead girls, grief and guilt, and what makes a potentially good human being do bad thing…This hugely chilling and evocative story, mixing lyrical language and brutal events, is told with great psychological acuity.”

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Posted on Thursday, April 28 2016

When I Get a Minute: Episode 5

Leigh busts Annabel out of her office to go to a local market. They discuss whether TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend passes the ‘Bechdel Test’, the steely glare of Janet King and Emily Maguire’s novel An Isolated Incident.

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Readings reviews An Isolated Incident

“Maguire’s prose is concise and confident, affecting without being maudlin, horrifying without being gruesome. As Chris and May separately grapple with the media attention given to the case, the novel also offers an insight into the ethically questionable world of crime reportage, even considering the effects of marches, vigils and other kinds of well-meaning activism on those left behind. But this timely and gripping novel’s most unsettling, and enduring, undercurrent lies in the attitudes of the innocent men, the ones who aren’t killers but are happy to accept their mates’ violence as part of the small-town social order. This too is sadly familiar.”

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Posted on Tuesday, March 29 2016

Emily Maguire rejects murder mystery template with new novel An Isolated Incident

Emily Maguire’s new book is unlike all her others. It’s a crime novel, that’s different, but it flips the classic police murder mystery template on its head – the sort where the female victim meets a grisly end and the drama switches to the pursuit of the killer by the angst-ridden detectives.

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Posted on Friday, March 11 2016

Posted on Wednesday, May 6 2015

OUT NOW: Mothers and Others

When are you having children?’ ‘Why didn’t you have another child?’ ‘Well, I guess that’s your choice, but…’

They are questions asked of women all the time. Beneath them is the assumption that all women want to have children, and the judgement that if they don’t, they’ll be somehow incomplete. And that’s only the beginning … With parenthood taking centre stage in today’s moral and consumer culture – and yummy-mummies and domestic goddesses the stars of the show – being a mother, or not being a mother, has never been so complicated. It seems the list of rights and wrongs gets longer daily, with guilt-ridden mothers everywhere struggling to keep on top of it all, and non-mothers struggling in a culture that defines women by their wombs. In this collection of fiction and non-fiction stories, Australia’s best women writers reflect on motherhood. Their stories tackle everything from the decision not to have children to the so-called battle between working and stay-at-home mums. From infertility and IVF, to step-parenting and adoption, to miscarriage and breastfeeding, child meltdowns and marriage breakdowns, the stories explore and celebrate the full gamut of the motherhood experience, and give a much needed voice to those who won’t ever be called ‘Mum’.

Mothers and Others: Australian writers on why not all women are mothers and not all mothers are the same

Posted on Sunday, December 8 2013

Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years

Bewitched and Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years is an intelligent but accessible analysis of Australia’s reaction to the nation’s first female Prime Minister from some of Australia’s leading female voices. With room for outrage, humour, reason and personal reflection, it’s a must-read for anyone looking to contemplate ‘The Gillard Years’. Contributors include: Jane Caro; Eva Cox; Tanya Plibersek; Clementine Ford; Shakira Hussein; Carol Johnson; Kathy Lette and Emily Maguire.

Posted on Monday, May 27 2013

Emily Maguire named as one of The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists

Now in its 17th year, the awards go to writers 35 years or younger when their book is published…The quality of entries was impressive, leading us to choose six winners. Their stories inspired us with imaginative narratives, compelling characters and writing of virtuosity and intelligence. The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists

Posted on Sunday, September 23 2012

Emily Maguire talks to DailyLife about Fishing for Tigers

“I’m always trying, in my fiction, to get to the guts of what it means to love someone. I don’t only mean romantic love, though that’s certainly a big part of it. But friendship and family are important here too. We all want to be loved and accepted, to feel known and safe and cherished, and yet so often the people we love hurt us or we hurt them. And it’s rarely out of malice or cruelty. People inflict terrible damage on those they love through holding on too tightly or neglecting them at crucial moments or through simple carelessness. It’s too simplistic to say that if someone hurts you they don’t love you.” Full interview.