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Garry Disher Garry Disher i(A27640 works by) (a.k.a. Garry Donald Disher)
Born: Established: 1949 Burra, Burra - Eudunda area, Mid North South Australia, South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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Garry Disher was born in rural South Australia and attended local schools before completing his high school education at Adelaide Boys High. In 1971 he graduated with a BA from Adelaide University. During the next two years he travelled extensively, living and working in Britain, Europe, Israel and Africa. After his return to Australia he completed an MA in Australian History and began a career as a teacher.

By the late 1970s Disher had published several short stories in literary magazines. He was awarded a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University, California, in 1978, and completed his first collection of stories there. During the 1980s Disher taught creative writing and helped design the professional writing course for the Victorian TAFE system. He began writing full-time in 1988.

Disher is a versatile writer, serving a number of audiences. His publications include novels, short story collections, history textbooks, writers' handbooks and crime thrillers. Disher's reputation was first established with fiction for young adults. He has won several prizes in that genre, including the Children's Book Council Award for The Bamboo Flute (1992). His novels for adults have also attracted attention, most notably The Sunken Road (1996) which was shortlisted for several awards. Most recently, Disher has won several international awards for his crime fiction. His Wyatt series is widely considered one of the best series of crime fiction from an Australian writer.

In 2018, Disher received a lifetime achievement award from the Ned Kelly Awards, in recognition of his significance as a crime writer.

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Under the Cold Bright Lights 2017 single work novel detective

'The young detectives call Alan Auhl a retread, but that doesn’t faze him. He does things his own way—and gets results.

'He still lives with his ex-wife, off and on, in a big house full of random boarders and hard-luck stories. And he’s still a cop, even though he retired from Homicide some years ago.

'He works cold cases now. Like the death of John Elphick—his daughters still convinced he was murdered, the coroner not so sure. Or the skeleton that’s just been found under a concrete slab. Or the doctor who killed two wives and a girlfriend, and left no evidence at all.

'Auhl will stick with these cases until justice is done. One way or another.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
Her 2017 single work novel historical fiction thriller

'Beautifully and powerfully written, this is a look at the darker side of Australia's past - and particularly the status of girls and women in our society - that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

'Out in that country the sun smeared the sky and nothing ever altered, except that one day a scrap man came by . . .

'HER name is scarcely known or remembered. All in all, she is worth less than the nine shillings and sixpence counted into her father's hand.

'She bides her time. She does her work.

'Way back in the corner of her mind is a thought she is almost too frightened to shine a light on: one day she will run away.

'A dark and unsettling tale from the turn of the twentieth century by a master of Australian literature.' (Publication summary)

2019 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
The Heat 2015 single work novel crime

'WYATT needs a job. A bank job would be nice, or a security van hold-up. As long as he doesn’t have to work with cocky idiots and strung-out meth-heads like the Pepper brothers. That’s the sort of miscalculation that buys you the wrong kind of time. So he contacts a man who in the past put him on to the right kind of heist. And finds himself in Noosa, stealing a painting for Hannah Sten. He knows how it’s done: case the premises, set up escape routes and failsafes, get in and get out with the goods unrecognised. Make a good plan; back it up with another. And be very, very careful. But who is his client? Who else wants that painting? Sometimes, being very careful is not enough.' (Publication summary)

2017 longlisted Crime Writers' Association (UK) The CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
2017 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2016 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2016 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
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