Narrelle M. Harris Narrelle M. Harris i(A148439 works by) (a.k.a. Narrelle Harris; N.M. Harris)
Born: Established: Newcastle, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Newcastle-born Narelle M. Harris has travelled widely, including periods living and teaching in Egypt and Poland. Her father was in the Royal Australian Air Force, which meant a peripatetic childhood.

She has also worked as a business writer and has been a playwright, songwriter, actor, editor, public servant kitchen hand and - 'once only - a very bad telemarketer'.

Most recently, she has been based in Melbourne.

Her works have been longlisted and shortlisted for Ditmar, Chronos, and Davitt Awards.

Source: Narelle M. Harris's website,

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

The Adventure of the Colonial Boy 2016 single work novel detective romance historical fiction

'1893. Dr Watson, still in mourning for the death of his great friend Sherlock Holmes, is now triply bereaved, with his wife Mary's death in childbirth. Then a telegram from Melbourne, Australia intrudes into his grief. “Come at once if convenient." Both suspicious and desperate to believe that Holmes may not, after all, be dead, Watson goes as immediately as the sea voyage will allow. Soon Holmes and Watson are together again, on an adventure through Bohemian Melbourne and rural Victoria, following a series of murders linked by a repulsive red leech and one of Moriarty’s lieutenants. But things are not as they were. Too many words lie unsaid between the Great Detective and his biographer. Too much that they feel is a secret. Solve the crime, forgive a friend, rediscover trust and admit to love. Surely that is not beyond that legendary duo, Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
Walking Shadows 2012 single work novel fantasy crime

'Lissa Wilson's world turned upside-down a year ago.

'People she cared about - one she could have loved - were murdered. By vampires. They tried to kill her, too.

'On the plus side, she made a new friend. Gary Hooper might be Melbourne's (or maybe the world's) least impressive vampire, but he may be her best friend, ever.

'Without meaning to, he changed her and he taught her the value of her life. Knowing Lissa has changed Gary, too, even though he's not really sure what it means. It doesn't mean that Gary doesn't have secrets, though. Secrets that might end their friendship, if Lissa ever learned about the services he provides the undead community.

'And what's an ordinary geekgirl librarian to do when hardcore vampire killers begin killing off Melbourne's vampire population, and her undead bestie is on the hit list? Should she throw herself in mortal danger, despite having no battle skills, let alone supernatural strength?

'Lissa risks everything to protect someone who should be perfectly capable of protecting himself. And Gary finds that the ways he's changing might make him more human - if they don't get him killed.

'Everyone has secrets; everyone gets trapped by their history. How many can learn how to change? How many will live long enough to try?'

Source: Narelle M. Harris's website,
Sighted: 30/07/2012

2013 shortlisted Chronos Awards Best Long Fiction
2013 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
Inconsequential Parallax 1988 periodical

Science-fiction and fantasy fanzine.

1992 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Australian Fanzine
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