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Garth Nix Garth Nix i(A7425 works by) (a.k.a. Garth Richard Nix)
Born: Established: 1963 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Garth Nix was born in Melbourne in 1963 and moved to Canberra soon thereafter. After leaving school, Nix joined the Army Reserve and enjoyed being a part-time soldier for the next five years. On a trip to England and Europe, Nix wrote a few stories, one of which, 'Sam, Cars and Cuckoo', became his first published short story in 1984.

While working in a book shop in Canberra, Nix began writing his first novel, The Ragwitch, which was published in 1990 in Australia and in 1994 in the US. He graduated with a degree in professional writing from the University of Canberra in 1996. Nix worked for several years in the publishing business in Sydney before travelling extensively including taking the overland route from London to Pakistan, tracing the footsteps of Alexander the Great. During that journey, Nix wrote part of his next book Sabriel, a fantasy novel for young adults, about a magical girl from a very different world, which won several awards and was short-listed for six US State awards. He managed to work and write part-time for several years before becoming a full-time writer at the end of 2001.

Nix's followed Sabriel with the standalone novel Shade's Children (1997) before returning to the Old Kingdom with a follow-up to Sabriel: Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (2001), which won the 2002 Adelaide Festival Award for Children's Literature. The third in the series, Abhorsen, was published in 2003. Clariel followed in 2014 and the final novel, Goldenhand, in 2016. The Old Kingdom series (including collections of short stories) has won national and international awards including the Aurealis Award (four times), the American Library Association Honor Book listings (twice), and the Ditmar Award: Goldenhand was nominated for both the Carnegie Medal and a Locus Award.

Standalone novels for young adults include A Confusion of Princes, Newt's Emerald, and Frogkisser!: the latter, illustrated by Kathleen Jennings, brought Nix a second nomination for a Carnegie Medal.

His works for younger readers include Serena and the Sea Serpent (2000) and the six-book sequence The Seventh Tower (2000). More recently, he has collaborated with Sean Williams on the series Troubletwisters and the standalone Have Sword, Will Travel. His short stories, which he began in 1984, also regularly attract award nominations: he won the Aurealis Award for Best Short Fantasy Story in 2007 with 'Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again'.

Most Referenced Works


  • Voted number 39 in the Booktopia Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors for 2018

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Awards for Works

Conversations with an Armory 2017 single work short story science fiction
— Appears in: Infinity Wars 2017; (p. 213-222)
2017 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Science Fiction Division Short Story
y separately published work icon Frogkisser! Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10673569 2017 single work novel young adult fantasy

'A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children's speculative fiction.

'Talking dogs. Mischievous wizards. An evil stepstepfather. Loads and loads of toads. Such is the life of a Frogkisser.

'Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It's not her frog, it's her sister's. And it's not a frog, it's actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya's sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a 'sister promise' that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form...

'So begins an exciting, hilarious, irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side, in a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs.' (Publication summary)

2018 finalist International Awards Locus Awards Young Adult Book
2018 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Older Readers
2018 nominated International Awards Carnegie Medal (UK)
2017 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Novel
y separately published work icon Goldenhand Sydney : HarperCollins , 2016 9476957 2016 single work novel fantasy young adult

'Lirael knows the blood that runs in her veins and her true powers. She also knows that Chlorr of the Mask has been conspiring with the clans of the steppe, from a message she’s received from her long-dead mother, Arielle.

'But no one else believes that nomads can be a real threat. Accompanied by Nicholas Sayre and a young mountain nomad, Lirael goes on a dangerous journey across the steppe and into the mountains to see for herself. There Lirael discovers the future Arielle saw long ago that is now coming to pass: Chlorr has gathered the clans to attack the unsuspecting Old Kingdom.

'The only way Lirael and her companions can stop the attack is to find Chlorr’s original, better human self—Clariel. Only, Clariel has been asleep for centuries beyond the Great Rift. Lirael must reach her—and help her go beyond the Ninth Gate to die the final Death—before it is too late.' (Publication summary)

2018 nominated International Awards Carnegie Medal (UK)
2017 shortlisted International Awards Locus Awards Young Adult Book
2016 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Novel
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