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Stephanie Johnson is the author of two collections of poetry, The Bleeding Ballerina and Moody Bitch; three collections of short stories, The Glass Whittler, All the Tenderness Left in the World and Drowned Sprat; and eight previous novels: Crimes of Neglect, The Heart's Wild Surf, The Whistler, Belief, The Shag Incident, Music from a Distant Room, John Tomb's Head and The Swimmer's Rope. The Shag Incident won the Montana Medal for Fiction in 2002. Stephanie has won the Bruce Mason Playwrights Award and Katherine Mansfield Fellowship. Many of her novels have been published in Australia, America and the United Kingdom.