Jessica Dettmann


Jessica Dettmann is a Sydney-based writer, performer and editor. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has studied at the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont and at Lincoln College, Oxford.

After twelve years working as an editor for Random House Australia and HarperCollins Publishers Australia she made the transition to writing after two small children rendered her housebound.

Her blog, Life With Gusto, turns a sharp but sometimes still affectionate eye on modern parenthood.

She has performed her work at Giant Dwarf’s Story Club, and has appeared on their podcast.

Her story ‘In Recognition of Fifteen Years’ Service’ appeared in the anthology Thanks for The Mammaries (Penguin, 2009).  How To Be Second Best, her first novel, published with HarperCollins in December 2018. Her second novel is due late 2019.

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