Virginia Duigan wrote the screenplay of the 1998 movie The Leading Man, starring Jon Bon Jovi, Thandie Newton and Barry Humphries. Before becoming a novelist, Duigan worked as a journalist, broadcaster, editor and TV scriptwriter. She was a regular feature writer on The National Times, and contributed documentaries to ABC radio. She was a freelance contributor to The Bulletin, The Age, The Australian, The Financial Review, Cinema Papers, and in London to the The Observer and The Times. She was Literary Editor of The National Times, and a theatre, book, film and restaurant reviewer. The Precipice is her third novel, after Days Like These and The Biographer.


Virginia Duigan, author, screenwriter and journalist. Born Cambridge UK

Attended 8 schools in the UK, Malaya and Australia.
BA (hons) Melbourne University

Lived and worked in England, Australia and USA


UK: Journalist on World’s Press News, Campaign; freelanced for The Observer, The Times.

Australia: freelance feature writer on for The National Times, The Bulletin, The Age, The Australian, The Bulletin, Cinema Papers, Cleo. Variously theatre, film, restaurant & book reviewer; freelance book editor; Arts Editor, The National Times.


Interviewer ABC  show Nightcap.

Co-writer ABC series Lucky Colour Blue, Beat of the City. Script editor/writer Andra. ABC drama script consultant.


Script assessor, Australian Film Commission

Original screenplay The Leading Man (directed by my brother John Duigan)


Days Like These (Random  House Vintage)

The Biographer (Random House Vintage)

The Precipice (Random House Vintage)