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Toni Jordan


Toni Jordan’s debut novel, the international best-seller Addition, was published in 2008 and shortlisted for both the Barbara Jefferis award and the ABIA best general fiction book, longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and won best debut fiction in the 2008 Indie awards. Addition was published in 16 countries and has been optioned for film. Her second novel, Fall Girl, was published in November 2010 in Australia and will be published in 2011 in the UK, Germany, France and Taiwan.

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.


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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