Josephine Wilson

Josephine Wilson is a Perth-based writer. Her writing career began in the area of performance. Her early works included The Geography of Haunted Places, with Erin Hefferon, and Customs. Her first novel was Cusp, (UWA Publishing, 2005). Josephine has lectured and taught in the tertiary sector. She is the busy parent of two children and works as a sessional staff member at Curtin University, where she teaches in the Humanities Honours Program, in Creative Writing and in Art and Design history. She completed her Masters of Philosophy at Queensland University and her PhD at UWA. Extinctions (UWA Publishing, 2016) was the winner of the inaugural Dorothy Hewett Prize and won the 2017 Miles Franklin Award.


  • [Extinctions] has already made a significant mark on the literary landscape.

    —The Guardian

  • Josephine Wilson’s novel, Extinctions, is whip-smart, full of unexpected moves and a wonderful cast of characters. From its first sentence, the prose exhibits an unselfconscious beauty, while the voice remains both compassionate and uncompromising.  A powerful, memorable read.

    —Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES

  • A novel as beautifully and intricately designed as the iconic structures retired Australian engineer, Fred Lothian, admires. An intellectual but deeply flawed man, he can’t see he may be preserving the artifacts of his family’s past while letting his family wither away. A masterful meditation on love, loss and the carelessness of extinction.

    —Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of MAJOR PETTIGREW'S LAST STAND

  • Compassionate and unapologetically intelligent . . . A meditation on survival: on what people carry, on how they cope, and on why they might, after so much putting their head in the sand, come to the decision to engage, and even change.

    —Miles Franklin Award Committee