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The Phoenix Years awarded Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize at the 2017 Nib Literary Awards

Nov. 27, 2017 by

The Phoenix Years was awarded the Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize in the 2017 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Awards on November 23. Click here for more on the awards.

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The Phoenix Years published in North America

Nov. 10, 2017 by

The Phoenix Years was published in Nth America on October 3. Check here for details of the US book tour and here for reviews.


The Phoenix Years longlisted for Walkley Book Award

Oct. 20, 2017 by

The Phoenix Years has been longlisted for the Walkley Book Award.


The Phoenix Years shortlisted for Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award

Sep. 22, 2017 by

The Phoenix Years has shortlisted for the 2017 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award, which honours excellence in literary research. Click here for more details.


In Conversation with Benjamin Law at the OzAsia Festival

Aug. 22, 2017 by

On October 2, Madeleine O’Dea will be in conversation with Benjamin Law as part of the Open State program at Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival. For more details click here


5.30PM THU 15 JUN 2017 

Covering the political, economic and cultural life of China for the past three decades, Madeleine O'Dea, journalist and foreign correspondent has had first hand experience of the rise of modern China.

Sue Trevaskes is an expert in Chinese law and justice, contemporary Chinese society and culture and Chinese language.

Hear the 'conversation' between Madeleine and Sue, as they interact and share their personal and professional journey in and about China, including Madeleine's memoir The Phoenix Years, in which she followed the personal stories of nine contemporary Chinese artists to illustrate the history of China's rise from economic ruin to global giant in the past four decades.

RSVP by Fri 9 Jun: Places are limited for this free event. For further information email

Presented by the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University and the Australian Centre of Asia-Pacific Art (ACAPA) at QAGOMA.

The Phoenix Years at Griffith University Perspectives Asia Series

Jul. 5, 2017 by

Madeleine joined Professor Sue Trevaskes to discuss The Phoenix Years at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art as part of Griffith University’s Perspectives Asia series. Click here to view


On ABC RN’s Big Ideas with Madeleine Thien & Mei Fong

Apr. 22, 2017 by

Listen at ABC Radio National Big Ideas

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Grattan Institute chooses The Phoenix Years for their Summer Reading List for the PM

Nov. 30, 2016 by

The Grattan Institute has chosen The Phoenix Years as one of just six works on their annual Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister:

no. 2 - me at forbidden city

In Conversation with Richard Fidler

Nov. 22, 2016 by

Conversation with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio, November 22, 2016:  


The Phoenix Years by Madeleine O’Dea on Books and Arts

Oct. 24, 2016 by

Interview broadcast on ABC Books and Arts