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(a.k.a. Corris, Peter Robert; Corris, P. )
Born: 8 May 1942 Stawell, Victoria
Gender: Male
Biography:

Peter Corris was born in Stawell, Victoria, and was educated during the 1960s at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and the Australian National University. Taking a PhD in history from the latter, Corris began a career as a lecturer and researcher, publishing his PhD thesis on Solomon Islands labour migration in 1973. In 1979 he became literary editor for the National Times. Then, after the success of his first novel, The Dying Trade (1980), he became a full-time writer, quickly establishing a reputation as one of Australia's best writers of crime fiction.

This reputation is based primarily on his best-known work, the Cliff Hardy crime series, which earned him the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers Association of Australia. His mixture of sex and violence within a wide range of story themes has been very popular, stimulating an increase in the amount of Australian crime fiction during the 1980s and 1990s. But while Corris's crime fiction approaches fifty titles, he has also written historical fiction, two books about boxing, television scripts and co-authored the autobiographies of Fred Hollows and Ray Barrett. In 2000, he published an autobiographical account of his fight with diabetes.


Awards:
  • Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Lifetime Achievement, 1999: winner
  • Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2008: nominated for Appeal Denied
  • Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2008: nominated for Open File
  • Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2007: shortlisted for The Undertow
  • Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2006: shortlisted for Saving Billie
  • Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2004: nominated for Master's Mates

 

Last amended: 23 Sep 2008