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Diana Reid is a Sydney-based writer. Her debut novel, Love & Virtue, was an Australian bestseller and winner of the ABIA Book of the Year Award, the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year Award, the ABA Booksellers' Choice Fiction Book of the Year Award, and the MUD Literary Prize. Love & Virtue was also shortlisted for the Indie Debut Fiction Award, the ABIA Matt Richell New Writer Award, and Highly Commended at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Diana was also named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist in 2022. Seeing Other People is her second novel.


‘an absolute cracker, Love & Virtue lobs right into the current moment with a clarifying light. I hope EVERYONE reads this book.’ 
*Helen Garner*

‘I have been chewing on this book for days now. Compelling reading. So well written. Complex. I keep turning it over in my mind and I want to talk about it!’
*Hannah Kent*

‘An extraordinary new voice in Aussie lit.’
*Zoë Foster Blake*

‘Loved it…It’s electrifying’
*Annabel Crabb*

‘Love and Virtue is an accomplished novel - by turns funny and furious, and full of the plangent longing and confusion of early adulthood.’
*The Saturday Paper*

‘Love & Virtue is a formidable debut novel. The writing is punchy and clever, with characters so deeply drawn that they feel like friends and enemies from a former life.’
*The Guardian Australia*

‘I inhaled it…an amazing book’
*Mia Freedman*

‘Reid writes with ferocity and intelligence, and this novel demands attention and commands respect.’
*Sunday Times Magazine*

‘Unputdownable, her rich and resplendent detail distils the Australian campus experience with cutting insight, ultimately leading the audience to contemplate its trenchant central question: are you a good person, or do you just look like one?’
*Law Society Journal*

‘Fans of Sally Rooney will gravitate to this compelling read that centres on feminism, power and sex in the lives of Australian university students.’
*Refinery 29 Australia*

‘Reid is a young author to watch.’
*Marie Claire*

‘Love and Virtue captures the near-erotic thrill of being a young woman, alone and adrift, who finds, in another young woman, an intellectual equal ... Like Elena and Lila in Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, a touchstone for Reid, their spark feels charged, given to exploding.’
*Sydney Morning Herald*

‘wonderfully readable prose, offering a nuanced and often very funny portrait of privilege and betrayal that probes complex questions about consent, trust and what it means to be a truly “good” person.’
*The West Australian*

‘The prose crackles fiercely, luring readers in with phrases to mull over and taste before devouring the next delicious sentence.’

‘a surprisingly gripping and very clever look at friendship, power and consent at a university.’
*The Age*

‘A clever, well-written exploration of the explosive cocktail of sex, consent, class, privilege and power...’
*Sydney Morning Herald*

‘Love & Virtue is a delight.’
*The Australian*

‘Love & Virtue beautifully captures the complex contradictions of new adulthood, with its alternately thrilling and terrifying new freedoms, and the tug of war between the pressure of peer conformity and the lure of becoming more yourself.’
*The Big Issue*

‘A punchy read that digs deep into its topics without fear of their uncomfortable and sticky nuances, it’s just as likely to make you laugh as it is to make you cry.’
*Harper's Bazaar*

‘Reid explores themes of power, privilege and consent in her captivating debut novel.’
*Sunday Life*

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