• Queensland Premier's Literary Award
for Fiction, 2003, for DUE PREPARATIONS FOR THE PLAGUE
. Patrick White Award for lifetime literary
achievement, Australia, 2003
. Davitt Award for "Best Crime Novel by
an Australian Woman in 2003" awarded by Sisters in Crime, one
of Australia's largest literary societies, for DUE PREPARATIONS.
. OYSTER: New York Times' Editors' Choice and
Notable Books List, 1998
finalist for Australia’s Miles Franklin and National Book
finalist for Canada’s Trillium Award, l996
. THE LAST MAGICIAN: listed in Publishers'
Weekly "Best 50 Books of l992" and "Best 12 Novels
New York Times' "Most Notable Books of l992" list;
finalist for Miles Franklin Award, Australia;
finalist for the Trillium Award, Canada
. National Magazine Awards, Canada, l991: Gold
Medal for Travel Writing (article on India, published Kingston Whig-Standard
Magazine in spring 1990.
. ISOBARS: finalist for the Trillium Award,
. CHARADES: finalist for Australia's two major
literary awards, the Miles Franklin Award and the National Book
Council award, l989
. DISLOCATIONS: winner of 1988 Fiction Award,
Fellowship of Australian Writers; Torgi Award, Canadian Assoc for
the Blind, l988
. Runner-up for National Book Award, Australia,
at Adelaide Arts Festival l986, for BORDERLINE.
. Named in Canada's Best Ten Younger Writers,
. The Seal Award ($50,000) for THE IVORY SWING,
. First Prize, Magazine Fiction, Foundation
for the Advancement of Canadian Letters, l982