Amanda Lohrey has written two Quarterly Essays, Groundswell: The Rise of the Greens and Voting for Jesus: Christianity and Politics in Australia. She is also the author of the novella Vertigo and of the short story collection, Reading Madame Bovary, which won the Fiction Prize and the Steele Rudd Short Story Award in the 2011 Queensland Literary Awards. Her novel, The Philosopher's Doll, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2012 she was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award.


What a treat it was to read Voting for Jesus! Amanda Lohrey provides a rich analysis of the intersection of Christianity and politics at the 2004 election: full of humanity, sincerity and salience.

Tim Costello

When I first saw this Quarterly Essay in the National Library Bookshop, I thought impatiently, "What the hell does Amanda Lohery know about Christianity?" The unequivocal answer is "A damn sight more than I expected!" I found the essay insightful, provocative, and at times quite brilliant.

Paul Collins

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