Welcome to the Nicholas Jose: Online Archive! Here you will find reviews, articles, audio/visual media and links to academic essays and other resources to complement your reading of Jose’s work.

About the author

Nicholas Jose was Cultural Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing from 1987 to 1990, at a vital moment in China’s history, and has played an important role in artistic relations between the two countries since then. He is the author of seven highly regarded novels, three of which, Avenue of Eternal Peace, The Rose Crossing and The Red Thread, deal with Chinese subjects, as does his collection of essays Chinese Whispers. He was general editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and is Professor of Creative Writing at Adelaide University.

Visit his official website for further information.

Essays by Nicholas Jose

Heat 5:

“On Reticence”, HEAT 5, 1997, pp.118-128

Read the essay here Reticence (PDF)


Sydney Review of Books:

‘In Hot Water’ by Nicholas Jose (7 November, 2014)

Read it here.


Queensland Art Gallery:

‘My China Project’, The China Project Queensland Art Gallery

Download the PDF here

Heat 9:

“Going Home Singing: The Analects of Simon Leys”, HEAT 9, 1998 pp.40-48

Read the essay here (PDF)

The AALITRA Review: A Journal of Literary Translation No. 10

‘Translation Plus: On Literary Translation and Creative Writing.’ (Melbourne: Monash University, May 2015): 5-17.

Read it here

Heat 15:

“The Mungo Excursion”, HEAT, 15, 2000, pp. 75-92

Read the essay here (PDF)

Mascara Review

‘On Writing Asian Poetry in Australia’ by Nicholas Jose (9 June, 2013)

Read it here



Australian Book Review:

‘Felicity Plunkett Reviews Bapo by Nicholas Jose’, December 2015, no. 367

Read the review here.

Bāpò literally means ‘eight broken’, where the Chinese lucky number is damaged. These stories chart the ne-gotiations and celebrations of survival, and of returning in new forms. . .Bapo’s original, often unsettling stories observe people caught between consuming and being consumed, and the crafting of a raft of renewals.
Felicity Plunkett

Australian Book Review

Mascara Review:

Gay Lynch, ‘Bapo’, 27 May 2015

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Jose is a kind of bapo in persona, a collage built from experiential layers, reminding us of his rich life as a scholar, visiting professor, chair of creative writing, editor of Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, public intellectual, translator, Cultural Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing from 1987-1990. . .
Gay Lynch

Mascara Review

Sydney Morning Herald:

Andrew Riemer, ‘Bapo’, 22 November 2014

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Nicholas Jose is undoubtedly our most eloquent commentator on Chinese art, culture and recent history. The years he spent as cultural counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Beijing (1987-1990) embraced the terrible events in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. Echoes of that outrage haunt the 10 stories that make up the first part of this new collection of short fiction.
Andrew Riemer

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

‘Original Face review’ by Andrew Riemer (October 29, 2005)

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Original Face is that unusual thing: a page-turner that you can read again with undiminished pleasure.

Andrew Riemer

Sydney Morning Herald

The Weekend Australian

‘Ethnic Noir with a Twist’ by Venero Armanno, 5-6 November 2005 (p. 15)

Original Face is a great crime story told with a craftsman’s precision. It also has a feel for what seems to be a new genre, the Australian ethnic noir. What elevates the book is the allegorical riddle at its heart, which revolves around appearance and identity.

Venero Armanno

The Weekend Australian

The Advertiser:

‘Meet the author: Nicholas Jose – China syndrome’ by Deborah Bogle (Saturday, 5 November 2005)

Courier Mail:

‘Riddled with fear’ by Dianne Dempsey (Saturday, 29 October 2005)

Interviews with Nicholas Jose

Nicholas Jose interviewed by Ivor Indyk, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney 15 December, 2014. Produced with the support of the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Nicholas Jose discussing Australian literature and the Macquarie PEN Anthology from Allen & Unwin.

Audio interviews with Nicholas Jose

Books and Art podcast:

With Michael Cathcart, ‘China in fiction with Nicholas Jose’, 30 October 2014

Download podcast here


Conversations with Richard Fidler:

With Richard Fidler, ‘Nicholas Jose on collating an anthology of Australian literature’, 5 August 2009

Download podcast here

Essays and Articles on Nicholas Jose

Australian Writers 1975-2000:

Adam Aitken, “Nicholas Jose”, 2006.

Australian Book Review:

Evelyn Juers, Vanishing Points: An Essay on the Work of Nicholas Jose, Dec 2000/Jan 2001, no.227.


The Good Weekend:

Nikki Barrowclough, ‘Landscape of Memory’, 12 July 1997, pp.25-28.

Photo Gallery

1. With artists Guan Wei and Ah Xian, at Nick’s place, Beijing 1988.

2. CALF 2 Beijing March 2013

3. At the podium, 2014

4. In Beijing 1990. Photo: Liu Xiaoxian

5. In conversation with Beth Yahp, Gleebooks, Bapo launch, 2014

6. Launch of Rostro Original, Spanish translation of Original Face, Museo d’Arte Latinamericana Buenos Aires, April 2015