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Emily MaguireEmily Maguire is the author of the novels An Isolated Incident, Fishing for Tigers, Smoke in the Room, The Gospel According to Luke and the international bestseller Taming the Beast. Emily has been twice highly commended for the Kathleen Mitchell Award, was a finalist for the 2006 Dylan Thomas Prize and has twice been a finalist for The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award for Smoke in the Room and Fishing for Tigers.

Her non-fiction book Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity is an examination of how the treatment of young women as fragile and in need of protection can be as objectifying and damaging to them as pornography and raunch culture. A Young Adult version of this book titled Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice was published in 2010.

Emily’s articles and essays on sex, religion, culture and literature have been published widely including in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Financial Review, The Observer and The Age. She has also contributed to various national radio and television programs, including ABC TVs The First Tuesday Book Club and Lateline, and Radio National’s Life Matters and The Book Show. In 2007, the Women’s Electoral Lobby awarded her the Edna Ryan Award (Media Category) for her writing about women’s issues.

Emily has served as Writer in Residence at the Djerassi Artists Program in Northern California (2009), as an Asialink Literature Resident in Vietnam (2008) and as a Tasmanian Writers’ Centre resident in Hobart (2006). She has an MA in literature and has worked as a mentor to young and emerging writers. In 2011 she wrote back story for Matchbox Australia's television series The Straits.

Her last novel, An Isolated Incident was published to critical praise by Picador Australia in 2016 and has been shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the 2017 Stella Prize. It was published by Eye-Books in the UK in 2018. Film rights have been optioned to EOne Productions.


"Forebodingly rhythmic ... a harrowing, fascinating, compelling work". The Australian

"At the heart of ... Emily Maguire's work lies an urgent need to pull away at the interconnecting threads of morality, society and human relationships." Sydney Morning Herald

"what you get, along with a sharp mind and a keenness to investigate cultural confusions, is an engaging ability to put the vitality of the story first." Weekend Australian

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When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm descends.

Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm is Bella's beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub, whose apparent easygoing nature conceals hard-won wisdom and the kind of street-smarts only experience can bring.

As Chris is plunged into despair and searches for answers, reasons, explanation - anything - that could make even the smallest sense of Bella's death, her ex-husband, friends and neighbours do their best to support her. But as the days tick by with no arrest, Chris's suspicion of those around her grows.

An Isolated Incident
 is a psychological thriller about everyday violence, the media's obsession with pretty dead girls, the grip of grief and the myth of closure, and the difficulties of knowing the difference between a ghost and a memory, between a monster and a man.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: An Isolated Incident, Picador Pan Macmillan (2016); Eye-Books, UK (2018); Fishing for Tigers, Picador Pan Macmilla, (2012); Smoke in the Room, Picador Pan Macmillan, (2009). Picador, Pan Macmillan Australia (2009). The Gospel According to Luke, Brandl & Schlesinger, Australia (2006), Also published: Serpent’s Tail, UK (2007), Ripol Classics, Russia (2007), Picador, Pan Macmillan Australia (2009); Taming the Beast, Brandl & Schlesinger, Australia (2004) Also published: Serpent’s Tail, UK (2005), Ripol Classics, Russia (2006), Random House, Germany (2006), Harper Collins, US (2006), Gruner + Jahr, Poland (2006), Rizzoli, Italy (2006), Martinez Roca, Spain (2007), IntroBooks, Greece (2007), ASA, Portugal, (2007), Bazar Forlag, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland (2007).

Non-fiction: Princesses and Porn Stars: Sex, Power, Identity, Text Publishing Australia (2008), Your Skirt’s Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice, Text Publishing Australia (2010).