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Catherine Jinks Catherine Jinks i(A34825 works by)
Born: Established: 1963 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Catherine Jinks grew up in Papua New Guinea where her father was a Patrol Officer. After studying medieval history at Sydney University for four years she worked as a journalist and editor before becoming a full-time writer.

Jinks began her writing career with young adult fiction. The historical novels of the Pagan series were well received, particularly Pagan's Scribe (1996) which won several awards. By 2001 Jinks had written close to one dozen books for children and young adults, maintaining her reputation with several more awards. A three-year writing fellowship from the Australia Council enabled her to concentrate on writing full-time.

In 1996 Jinks published her first novel for adult readers, An Evening with the Messiah. She has since published adult fiction regularly, employing both contemporary and historical settings, with works such as Little White Secrets (1997), The Inquisitor (1999) and Bella Vista (2001).

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 shortlisted Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing

For 'Shepherd'.

2001 Centenary Medal For service to Australian society and literature

Awards for Works

Charlatan : The Dishonest Life and Dishonoured Loves of Thomas Guthrie Carr, Stage Mesmerist 2017 single work biography crime

'Thomas Guthrie Carr is charged by Eliza Gray with mesmerising her and raping her while she was under his influence. But if mesmerism and Mr Carr are shams, was Eliza raped?

'In the tradition of The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Charlatan is the story of a notorious nineteenth-century court case involving a larger-than-life character. With a driving narrative and novelistic pacing, this scrupulously researched account of the life of Thomas Guthrie Carr, stage mesmerist – who lied, fought and sleazed his way around Australia and New Zealand between 1865 and 1886 – is more than just a fascinating piece of social history. It’s also a mystery, a piece of true crime, and a delicately humorous portrait of a man whose eye for the main chance and ferocious pursuit of publicity made him an oddly contemporary figure.

'With a star-studded supporting cast, including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Mad Dentist of Wynyard, the Nunawading Messiah, and a host of shady mesmerists, spiritualists, phrenologists and hired goons, Charlatan delves deep into a side of colonial history not often explored, and unearths a Victorian celebrity who should never have been forgotten …'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 longlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
2018 longlisted Davitt Award Best True Crime Book
Theophilus Grey and the Traitor's Mask 2016 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

'The companion novel to Theophilus Grey and the Demon Thief is a fast-paced adventure as Philo graduates from petty fraud and street crime to high-level political espionage.

'You have too much honour for this trade, my dear. Abandon it now, while you still can.

'In eighteenth-century London, twelve-year-old linkboy Philo Grey has spent most of his childhood out on the streets, collecting information to sell. One of his best customers, Mr Bishop, pays him good money for intelligence about the Jacobites, who are plotting to overthrow King George. But spying on the Jacobites is a dangerous business - especially when Philo becomes the target of a rival gang of linkboys. And then there's Philo's old master, Garnet Hooke, who's never forgiven Philo for leaving him. Garnet feels so betrayed, he'll stop at nothing.

'Luckily, Philo has friends as well as enemies. He can trust his crew of linkboys, his team of informants, and his staunch friend Nathaniel Paxton, a surgeon with a background in espionage. Even his new friend, actress and master of disguise, Caroline Cowley, is a valuable ally. But with his enemies closing in, Philo has to ask himself: where should his loyalties really lie? And how far should they take him?' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Young Adult Book
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
Theophilus Grey and the Demon Thief 2015 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction fantasy

'Twelve-year-old Theophilus Grey - Philo to his friends - heads a team of linkboys who guide Londoners home through the dank eighteenth-century alleys by the light of their torches. In the process, the boys pick up useful information for their master, Garnet Hooke, who runs a spy network from his sickbed.

'When thieves and rogues start dropping without a scratch, rumours spread of a dangerous faery demon on the loose, and Philo begins to fear the worst. Then a sudden wave of crime sweeps the neighbourhood, and he can't help but wonder if the two are connected.

'With help from his new friend, Mr Paxton, Philo finds himself battling a threat far more sinister than any he's faced before. He will need to use all his cunning to uncover the truth behind the demon thief in time to save his friends.

'This gripping tale of spies, spells and secrets plunges the reader into a dark and perilous world where superstition clashes with the Age of Enlightenment.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Children's Novel
2015 shortlisted Norma K. Hemming Award
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