Garry Disher: Australian author
Garry Disher is one of Australia’s best-known authors. He was born on a farm in South Australia, and decided in childhood to become a writer, influenced by a love of reading, his father’s original bedtime storytelling, and the isolation of farm life. He later gained a BA degree from Adelaide University, and worked and travelled widely in the UK, Europe and Africa after graduation.
On his return to Australia he graduated with a Masters in Australian History at Monash University, in Victoria, but was also writing short stories for competitions and literary magazines, and on the strength of these was awarded a creative-writing fellowship to Stanford University in California.
Back in Melbourne, Disher taught creative writing for many years, to supplement his writing income. A full-time writer since 1988, he’s published over 50 books: general/literary novels, crime thrillers, story collections, fiction for children and teenagers, anthologies (as editor), creative writing handbooks and Australian History textbooks.
His crime novels are rapidly earning an international reputation, with editions published in the USA, England, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Italy, Spain and Hungary. He’s made three author tours of Germany, where he’s won the Deutsche Krimi Preis three times, appeared on best-seller lists and been a guest of the Munich and Cologne writers’ festivals. In May 2009 he toured the USA, following rave reviews for the Challis and Destry crime novels and Chain of Evidence being listed as a best-book-of-the-year by Kirkus Reviews magazine. Chain of Evidence and Wyatt won crime novel of the year awards in Australia, and several of his other titles were shortlisted. His most recent novels are the seventh Challis and Destry police procedural, Signal Loss (Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2016), the standalone crime novel Under the Cold Bright Lights (Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2017) the literary novel, Her (Hachette, Sydney, 2017) and the Wyatt thriller, Kill Shot (Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2018). Peace, follow-up to Bitter Wash Road, will appear in November 2019.
Garry Disher is in high demand for talks, workshops and festival appearances, and has been writer-in-residence at the University of Northumbria (UK), the State Library of Queensland and the Tasmanian Writers’ Union.
Disher lives on the Mornington Peninsula, south-east of Melbourne. Important recognition came his way in 2018 with the long-listing of Her for the prestigious Dublin Literary Award, and winning the Australian Crime Writers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.