novelist and short‐story writer, born in Melbourne, Australia, and studied at the University of Queensland, and at Queen's University, Canada. The Ivory Swing (1982) won the Canadian Seal First Novel Award. Her other novels include The Tiger in the Tiger Pit (1983), Borderline (1985), Charades (1988), The Last Magician (1992), Oyster (1996), and Due Preparations for the Plague (2003), which interweaves a plot of post‐9/11 terrorism with references to the Black Death. Her allusive, lyrical prose and intricate narratives have been much admired. The theme of dislocation—both cultural and emotional—is recurrent in her work, as is the way in which the past influences and can discolour the present. These themes recur in her short stories: Dislocations (1986), Isobars (1990), and Collected Stories (1995).