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Garth Nix


Australia (b.1963)

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a trunk full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher's sales representative, and editor. Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994-1997, till he became a full-time writer in 1998. He did that for a year before becoming a part-time literary agent in 1999. In January 2002 Garth went back to writing full time again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.

Garth currently lives in a beach suburb of Sydney, with his wife Anna, a publisher.
 

Awards: Mythopoeic (2018)  see all

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
 
New and upcoming books
August 2025

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The Massif
 
Series
Old Kingdom
   0. Terciel and Elinor (2021)
   1. Sabriel (1996)
   2. Lirael (2001)
   3. Abhorsen (2003)
   3.5. The Creature in the Case (2005)
   4. Clariel (2014)
   To Hold the Bridge (2015)
   5. Goldenhand (2016)
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Seventh Tower
   1. The Fall (2000)
   2. Castle (2000)
   3. Aenir (2001)
   4. Above The Veil (2001)
   5. Into Battle (2001)
   6. The Violet Keystone (2001)
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Keys to the Kingdom
   1. Mister Monday (2003)
   2. Grim Tuesday (2004)
   3. Drowned Wednesday (2005)
   4. Sir Thursday (2006)
   5. Lady Friday (2007)
   6. Superior Saturday (2008)
   7. Lord Sunday (2010)
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Troubletwisters (with Sean Williams)
   1. Troubletwisters (2011)
   2. The Monster (2012)
   3. The Mystery (2013)
   4. The Missing (2014)

     aka Missing, Presumed Evil

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Novels
   The Ragwitch (1991)
   Shade's Children (1997)
   A Confusion of Princes (2012)
   Newt's Emerald (2015)
   Frogkisser! (2017)
   Angel Mage (2019)
   We Do Not Welcome Our Ten-Year-Old Overlord (2024)
   The Massif (2025)
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Collections
   Kids' Night In (2003) (with others)
   Across the Wall (2005)
   One Beastly Beast (2007)
   Midnight Feast (2011) (with others)
   Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz (2013)
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Novellas and Short Stories
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Graphic Novels show
 
Garth Nix recommends
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In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen (2023)
(Geomancer, book 1)
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
"The kind of fantasy adventure I have always loved: evocative and imaginative and destined to be a classic."
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The Isles of the Gods (2023)
(Isles of the Gods, book 1)
Amie Kaufman
"I devoured it. When is the next book?"
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Artifact Space (2021)
(Arcana Imperii)
Miles Cameron
"A superb military science fiction adventure, in a fascinating universe."

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Books containing stories by Garth Nix
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Shapers of Worlds Volume II (2021)
(Shapers of Worlds, book 2)
edited by
Edward Willett

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Awards
2021 Ditmar Award for Best Novel : The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
2020 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel : The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
2019 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel : Angel Mage
2018 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature : Frogkisser!
2018 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novella : The Staff in the Stone
2017 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Short Story : Conversations with an Armoury
2015 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novella : By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers
2007 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story : Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again
2005 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story : Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case
2003 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel : Abhorsen
2002 Ditmar Award for Best Novel : Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr
1995 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel : Sabriel

Award nominations
2024 Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book (nominee) : The Sinister Booksellers of Bath
2023 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novella (nominee) : Showdown on planetoid Pencrux
2023 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story (nominee) : The unexpected excursion of the murder mystery writing witches
2023 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : The Sinister Booksellers of Bath
2022 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature (nominee) : Terciel and Elinor
2022 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : Terciel and Elinor
2022 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novella (nominee) : The Sisters of Saint Nicola of The Almost Perpetual Motion vs the Lurch
2021 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature (nominee) : The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
2021 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : The Left-Handed Booksellers of London
2020 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : Angel Mage
2020 Aurealis Award for Best Horror Short Story (nominee) : Many Mouths to Make a Meal
2020 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story (nominee) : The Case of the Somewhat Mythic Sword
2018 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : Frogkisser!
2017 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : Goldenhand: Tales from the Old Kingdom and Beyond
2016 Aurealis Award for Best Horror Short Story (nominee) : Penny For a Match, Mister?
2016 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story (nominee) : Penny For a Match, Mister?
2015 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Fiction (nominee) : Shay Corsham Worsted
2015 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen
2015 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : Home is the Haunter
2015 Ditmar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen
2014 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Short Story (nominee) : Happy Go Lucky
2014 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novella (nominee) : Happy Go Lucky
2014 Aurealis Award for Best Horror Short Story (nominee) : Shay Corsham Worsted
2013 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Newt's Emerald
2012 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee) : A Confusion of Princes
2011 Locus Award for Best Novelette (nominee) : To Hold the Bridge
2008 Ditmar Award for Best Short Story (nominee) : Bad Luck, Trouble, Death and Vampire Sex
2008 Ditmar Award for Best Novella or Novelette (nominee) : Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz Go to War Again
2007 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story (nominee) : Holly and Iron
2007 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story (nominee) : Bad Luck, Trouble, Death and Vampire Sex
2006 Locus Award for Best Collection (nominee) : Across the Wall: Tales of the Old Kingdom And Beyond
2006 Ditmar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Drowned Wednesday
2004 Ditmar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Abhorsen
2003 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story (nominee) : Hope Chest
2002 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr
2001 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story (nominee) : Lightning Bringer
2001 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr
1996 Ditmar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Sabriel


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