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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 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

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Angel Mage Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 15477384 2019 single work novel fantasy

'From fantasy master Garth Nix comes a new world of angels, heroes, gunpowder and high magic.

'The icon-maker and angel-summoner Liliath, long-believed dead, has woken from her century-long sleep to pick up the threads of a plan that has already destroyed one kingdom and may yet destroy another. To succeed, Liliath must bring together Agnez the musketeer; Simeon the doctor; Dorotea the mage; and Henri, one of the Cardinal's clerks, and take them into utmost danger ...

'Set in an alternate 17th century where angels can be summoned (and controlled) by those with a talent for magic, Angel Mage is an action-packed story of angels, heroes, gunpowder and high magic.'  (Publication summary)

2020 finalist International Awards Locus Awards Young Adult Novel
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2019 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Novel
The Staff in the Stone 2018 single work novella fantasy
— Appears in: The Book of Magic 2018; The Best Science Fiction 2019; The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year : Volume Thirteen 2019;

'The villagers find a wizard’s staff sticking out of an ancient stone obelisk, but only Colrean knows just how dangerous it is and what sort of dangers it may attract.'

Source: Rocket Stack Rank ( (Sighted: 22/02/2019)

2018 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Novella
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
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