After working in a variety of jobs, Garry Kinnane left Australia in 1964 to live in Greece and England. While in England he obtained degrees in English Literature from Warwick and Oxford. Kinnane returned to Australia in 1974. He has taught at the universities of Monash and Melbourne and at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education.
Shadowed Days : Fragments of a Melbourne Boyhood2008single work autobiography 'Garry Kinnane's haunting evocation of his boyhood in Melbourne in the 40s and 50s brings to life a struggling family. Frank and Thelma and their two boys, Garry and Ray, are always on the move - from Richmond to Mount Macedon, to North Melbourne, among the homeless in "Larundel", and finally to an uneasy life in Valentine Street.' (Publisher's blurb)