Gail Jones


Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections, a critical monograph, and the novels Black Mirror, Sixty Lights, Dreams Of Speaking, Sorry and Five Bells. Three times shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, her prizes include the WA Premier's Award for Fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Fiction and the ASAL Gold Medal. She has also been shortlisted for international awards, including the IMPAC and the Prix Femina. Her fiction has been translated into nine languages.

Author Lives In: Glebe, Australia

News and Blog

Jan 20

Top 10 Staff Picks of 2015

by Random House Australia on 20 January 2016

One of the great pleasures and privileges of working in a publishing house is getting first access to so many books! From debut authors right through to the biggest names in writing, there’s no greater thrill than discovering genius and flair on pages fresh from the printers and staying up all night to finish the book. In celebration of the incredible talent we witness every day, here are our Top 10 Staff Picks of 2015.

Congratulations to Penguin Random House authors shortlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2016.

Books by Gail Jones

  • A Guide to Berlin, Gail Jones 4 stars 2 comments
    A Guide to Berlin
    by Gail Jones

    Published: 01/08/2016

    Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and Longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. 'A Guide to Berlin' is the name of a short story written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1925, when he was a young man of 26, living in Berlin.

  • Five Bells, Gail Jones 4 stars 3 comments
    Five Bells
    by Gail Jones

    Published: 01/02/2012

    Winner of the Kibble Literary Award, Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Prize for Fiction, the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature, The ALS Gold Medal, the Barbara Jefferiss Prize and the Indies Award.

  • Black Mirror, Gail Jones 5 stars 0 comments
    Black Mirror
    by Gail Jones

    Published: 01/06/2009

    ‘I am waiting for this visitor so that I can tell my story and die.’ The award-winning novel from Gail Jones

  • Sorry, Gail Jones 5 stars 1 comments
    Sorry
    by Gail Jones

    Published: 02/06/2008

    This is a story that can only be told in a whisper ...

  • Dreams Of Speaking, Gail Jones 0 stars 0 comments
    Dreams Of Speaking
    by Gail Jones

    Published: 01/10/2007

    A vision of Japan as you have never imagined it. A brilliant and moving novel about displacement and belonging by the award-winning author of Sixty Lights and Five Bells.