novelist and short‐story writer, born in Sydney, Australia. She has lived abroad since 1947. Her experiences working at the United Nations headquarters in New York (1951–61) provided material for the satirical short stories in People in Glass Houses (1967). Other works include Cliffs of Fall (1963, short stories); and two novels set in Italy: The Evening of the Holiday (1966) and The Bay of Noon (1970). Hazzard's preoccupations with ideas, politics, and complex human emotions reach their fullest expression in The Transit of Venus (1980), a dense multi‐layered survey of the post‐war world. The Great Fire (2003), set in the aftermath of the Second World War, charts the delicate but passionate love affair of Major Leith and 17‐year‐old Helen from New Zealand, and vividly evokes post‐Hiroshima Japan and Hong Kong.