Susan Johnson

SUSAN JOHNSON is one of Australia’s most loved writers. Her nine books, seven of which are novels have been nominated for the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Gold Medal, the Miles Franklin Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the National Biography Award, the Queensland andVictorian Premier’s Prize, the Banjo Award and the Kibble Prize. Her last novel My Hundred Lovers, was published by Allen and Unwin (2012). She has been published by Faber & Faber UK/US; Washington Square Press; Actes Sud (France) and Klub dla Ciebie (Poland). Susan is the recipient of several fellowships including the Literature Board of the Australia Council and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. In 2010 she returned from ten years in London to live in Brisbane. She is a senior feature writer at Qweekendmagazine. 


The Landing

Susan Johnson

‘Susan Johnson is a writer in her prime, and her most enduring love affair is with language itself’

Geraldine Brooks, best-selling author of People of the Book 


A delicious, breathless romp of a novel about love, its risks and thrills, its comforts and terrors. 

Jonathan Lott is confused. His wife has left him for a woman and he doesn’t like living alone. This has scandalised the small community of The Landing where he has a beach house. Everyone has an opinion: Gordy the retired GP and his mysterious daughter, Anna, just flown in from London; frustrated artist Penny and her French-born mother, Marie. 

Set over the several weeks of burgeoning spring, The Landing weaves in and out of the past and the present. Will Jonathan’s heart ever heal? Might Penny – school teacher, would-be artist – be the right woman to heal it, or maybe Anna who trails broken marriages behind her? And what of beautiful Scarlett, Penny’s daughter who at the age of eighteen ran off with a man old enough to be her father? In the middle of it all, the redoubtable figure of Marie, eighty-eight years old, flirting with every man within shooting distance. What is Marie’s story, and why is she so ashamed of it? 

Susan Johnson's stunning new novel, written with her trademark wit and insight, brilliantly observes what it is to be human and to love: the betrayals, the long and the short alliances, the disappointments and the joys. The Landing celebrates all of it with verve and style. 


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