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first novel, the comic-erotic Eat Me, was a bestseller in Australia for seven months and was published in a dozen countries; as Mange Moi, it became a bestseller in France as well.
Kirkus Reviews wrote of Eat Me that 'This tossed salad of erotic scenarios charms as few examples of its genre ever have.' Glamour (USA) said it was 'the sexiest thing to come out of Australia since Mel Gibson.' Even the TLS
reviewer confessed: 'Some of the scenes described actually turned me on.'
second novel was Rock n Roll Babes from Outer Space, described by the Washington Post
as 'witty and wickedly satiric… Few writers have skewered the rock and roll world so savagely and accurately and with so much delight'.
The Melbourne Age called Linda Jaivin's
third novel, Miles Walker, You're Dead 'rapier sharp' and the Bulletin said it was 'a treat not to be missed.' After that came the novella Dead Sexy, and then in 2006, the novel The Infernal Optimist, a dark comedy set in an immigration detention centre which the Sydney Morning Herald
labelled 'an Australian Catch-22' and which was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2007.
short stories have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including, most recently, The Penguin
Book of the Road (2008) and In Bed With, a collection of erotic tales by authors including Fay Weldon and Maggie Alderson, and also published by Penguin in 2008.
In 1992, Jaivin
co-edited the acclaimed anthology of translations from the Chinese, New Ghosts, Old Dreams: Chinese Rebel Voices with Geremie Barmé.
It was published by Fourth Estate (HarperCollins Australia) in March 2009; publisher Linda Funnell has written that 'This is the book Linda Jaivin was born to write - sexy, witty and surprising, encompassing her passion for China and her talent for the erotic.'
Linda is a visiting fellow in the Pacific and Asian History Division, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and lives in Sydney.
new novel, The Empress Lover is published by Fourth Estate/HarperCollins Australia.
'Jaivin's writing shines and burns.' (Sunday Age)
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