BY SUSAN JOHNSON

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SUSAN

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The Landing by Susan Johnson

Way back, in 1999 in Melbourne, when I was ill and scarred following the birth injuries I sustained following the births of my two sons, I thought: I'll never be strong enough to write again. I had little money and had to get a job back in journalism - then a new friend from the Age, the artist Jim Pavlidis, gave me a notebook. He gave it to me because he was kind and because he saw I was sad about not writing. One morning, in a flash, the title came to me. I thought: wouldn't it be wonderful if I could write the story of a woman's life through her body? Through her skin, her physical life, her lovers, through the numbering of everything she had ever loved? The number was arbitrary; it just came to me, as a means of ordering the material. I wanted it to be sensory, passing, gone, like breathing, like seconds, life itself.

My Hundred Lovers ended up being written over many years, and has had many incarnations, and a lot of sad things were happening in my life as life went on. Friends in London - where I lived from 2000 till 2010 - were living through the death of their beautiful daughter, Lottie, who died from cancer a few weeks after her 18th birthday. I remember saying to my friends Sandra and Emma at the time: what is the meaning of writing, what is the point, how can I keep on doing something so seemingly frivolous amidst the seriousness and sorrows of life? It paralysed me, for months and months, until I clawed my way back to some sort of meaning by saying: this is the life we have, the short or the long life we have, the days, the hours. This is our perishing body: Lottie was here. Lottie passed across the earth, we are all passing. The sun is beautiful. A clever and lovely girl once lived, a girl who loved to read. Writing is witnessing. Let me count the ways in which life matters, in which every life matters.

My Hundred Lovers  by Susan Johnson

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Susan Johnson is available for book signings and interviews. Please contact Susan’s agent, Benython Oldfield, Zeitgeist Media Group.

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AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

With a career spanning almost 30 years, Susan’s work has received wide acclaim. See some of Susan's achievements here.

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Australian Author Susan Johnson

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Susan currently works as a senior journalist on Qweekend, the Saturday colour magazine of The Courier-Mail, Brisbane. Here are some examples of her work.

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