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My new novel, Bodies of Light, will be published in October 2021.​

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Winner, Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2018

‘These stories are studies in concision ... Though they are often about the disempowered, they ripple out with a seismic intensity, hinting at just how far this dazzling young writer might go.’

The Australian

‘Down deftly balances hope and sorrow—a tightrope walk that makes even the banal seem salient. ... A collection pulsing with emotion; a writer crackling with potential.’


Pulse Points consolidates [Down’s] reputation as a remarkable young writer. Her stories ... testify to Down’s remarkable powers of observation and her ability to create bleak but engaging worlds.’
Michelle de Kretser, ‘Best Books of 2017’, 
Australian Book Review 


'Down’s evocation of…grief is astute, perceptive and always convincing…Subtle, never resorting to easy histrionics or undue moments of catharsis…compelling writing.’

The Australian

'Down has an impressive feel for the drama of the ordinary.'

The Sydney Morning Herald

'An emotionally sophisticated and impressive novel.'

Australian Book Review