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Toni Jordan

Author

Toni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international best-seller Addition was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Fall Girl was published internationally and has been optioned for film, and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, was shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was shortlisted for the Voss Literary Award and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Toni has been widely published in newspapers and magazines and teaching creative writing at Faber Academy. Her most recent novel, The Fragments, was published in November 2018.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve worked as a research assistant, molecular biologist, quality control chemist, door-to-door aluminium siding saleswoman, marketing manager, shop assistant and copywriter.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Being longlisted for the Miles Franklin literary award, and having my first book, Addition, become a best-seller in the UK.

Where have your works been published?

Australia, UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Italy, Czech republic, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Taiwan, US, Canada, Serbia, Israel.

What are you passionate about?

Fiction, clear business communication, the power of the imagination.

Haven’t I seen you before?

For almost two years I had a weekly column in The Age. I have lectured at RMIT since 2007, given keynote speeches and workshops, and had numerous feature articles and reviews focussed on me and my work.

Testimonials

It was wonderful, as always, to have Toni. I think it was particularly powerful because the Year 11s are studying her novel, 9 Days. As well as doing their own writing activities, they were able to ask her questions and view her early drafts. Toni is always a delight to have here!

—Rebecca Swain, Carey Baptist Grammar School, March 2017

Toni was an absolute delight. Her insightful advice about the writing industry was practical and inspiring. Toni was generous with her time, and her manner was welcoming and supportive. Our students came away from the session motivated to pursue a career in writing. I would certainly recommend Toni to anyone looking to learn more about life as a professional writer.

—A. Davy, Kelvin Grove State College, June 2016

Our staff loved what Toni offered to our team in terms of stimulating their creativity. We had a fun session and everyone left with a real buzz about the writing they had produced and shared.

—R. Swain, Carey Baptist Grammar School, August 2017.

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