About

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Jessie Cole is the author of four books. Her first novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town, was shortlisted for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal and longlisted for the Dobbie Literary Award. Her second novel, Deeper Water, was released in 2014 to much critical acclaim, with Portia Lindsay calling it a ‘fine and elegantly written novel’ in the Weekend Australian, and Naama Amram stating – ‘Deeper Water delivers on its title’s promise of immersion, sensuality, and the liminal … a compelling examination of our relationship with nature’ in the ABR.

Her work has also appeared in many Australian publications, including Best Australian Essays, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Island Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Good Weekend, Big Issue and the Guardian.

Jessie’s memoir, Staying, was released by TEXT in 2018, and has been shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-fiction & longlisted the Colin Roderick Award.

Her new memoir, Desire, A Reckoning, is out in August!