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Melanie Joosten is a writer and social worker who has published two novels (Berlin Syndrome and Gravity Well) and a collection of essays (A Long Time Coming: Essays on Old Age). Her novels have seen her named a SMH Best Young Novelist and winner of the Kathleen Mitchell Award, for the best Australian novelist under 30.


Berlin Syndrome was made into a feature film directed by Cate Shortland, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

The essay collection A Long Time Coming, drew on Melanie's experience as a social worker and researcher in the fields of ageing, elder abuse and social policy. It was awarded the prestigious Australasian Journal of Ageing Book of the Year award, and was shortlisted for the Nib Waverley Literary Award, for which it won the People’s Choice prize.

Like Fire-Hearted Suns will be published by Ultimo Press in March 2024.

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