Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.

Garth's books include the award-winning young adult fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen and Clariel; the dystopian novel Shade's Children; the space opera A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt's Emerald. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of the Seventh Tower sequence; the Keys to the Kingdom series; and the Troubletwisters series and Spirit Animals: Blood Ties (co-written with Sean Williams). More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the Guardian and the Australian, and his work has been translated into forty languages. He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children.

On writing fantasy:
'A fantasy novel should be like an iceberg. The story is the visible ten percent but the reader should feel like there is another ninety per cent under the surface that they can't see: it's not in the story but they know it's there. They should feel that the novel is built upon its own unique history, myths and legends, depths that are hinted at and suggested by the author, never to be fully explored or explained.'

On creating characters:
'I always find my characters through story. I have a vague idea what they might be like when I start writing, but generally they develop as the story develops. They become what they need to be for the story. Of course they then influence where I take the story…'

Favourite place
'The NSW south coast around Bawley Point has always been important and inspirational to me. I read many books for the first time at the coast, and have written at least part of every one of my books there.'

Find out more about Garth and his books by visiting these websites:
www.oldkingdom.com.au
www.garthnix.com

Working with Words: Garth Nix interviewed by The Wheeler Centre

Books by Garth Nix

Frogkisser!

Published: March 2017

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

Goldenhand

Published: October 2016

The fifth book in the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series.

Clariel

Published: February 2016

Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker? An epic fantasy adventure, set six hundred years before Sabriel and as rich and compelling as the original Old Kingdom novels.

Across the Wall

Published: January 2016

A collection of Garth Nix's best short stories, including a novella set in the Old Kingdom of Sabriel and Clariel.

Newt's Emerald

Published: October 2015

A Regency romance with magical elements, featuring an eighteen-year-old heroine and a dashing young hero - and a case of mistaken identity.

To Hold the Bridge

Published: June 2015

A collection of Garth Nix's best short stories, featuring a diverse cast of characters - protectors, travellers, warriors - ranging across vividly evoked worlds and times.

Clariel

Published: October 2014

Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker? An epic fantasy adventure, set six hundred years before Sabriel and as rich and compelling as the original Old Kingdom novels.

Lirael

Published: September 2014

Set in the same dark, magical world as Garth Nix's award-winning Sabriel, this is a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny and danger, from an exceptional fantasy talent.

Abhorsen

Published: September 2014

The conclusion to Garth Nix's extraordinary Lirael is a rich and vividly imagined story, breathtaking, terrifying, and utterly absorbing.

Missing, Presumed Evil: Troubletwisters 4

Published: May 2014

Magical twins, mystery and danger, unexplained events, and an Evil that refuses to be contained . Book four in the gripping series from fantasy masters Garth Nix and Sean Williams.

A Confusion of Princes

Published: April 2014

A grand adventure that spans galaxies and lifetimes, A Confusion of Princes is also a page-turning thriller, a tender romance, and a powerful exploration of what it means to be human. From the fertile imagination of Garth Nix, internationally bestselling author of the Old Kingdom and Keys to the Kingdom series.

Sabriel

Published: January 2014

Garth Nix's fantasy masterwork is a compelling high fantasy, the gripping story of a young heroine who must do battle in Death itself to defeat a powerful enemy. A tale of dark secrets, deep love and dangerous magic.

The Mystery of the Golden Card: Troubletwisters 3

Published: May 2013

Magical twins, mystery and danger, unexplained events, and an Evil that refuses to be contained . Twins Jack and Jaide are troubletwisters and in this book they must use their elusive Gifts to search Rourke Castle for the mysterious Golden Card of Translocation.

Shade's Children

Published: June 2012

A dramatic dystopia, telling a story of courage and companionship in the face of ruthless, hi-tech enemies.

The Monster: Troubletwisters 2

Published: May 2012

Last time, twins Jaide and Jack defeated The Evil with luck and intuition. This time they must truly master their powers as troubletwisters. The second exciting, mysterious instalment in the series, from fantasy masters Garth Nix and Sean Williams.

A Confusion of Princes

Published: April 2012

A grand adventure that spans galaxies and lifetimes, A Confusion of Princes is a page-turning thriller, a tender romance, and a powerful exploration of what it means to be human. Bonus Garth Nix short story 'Master Haddad's Holiday' exclusive to the ANZ edition.

Troubletwisters: Troubletwisters 1

Published: May 2011

Twins Jaide and Jack Shield are about to discover a secret - that they're Troubletwisters and must defend the world against a dark, evil force. And they're about to discover the powers that go with that secret. The exciting, mysterious first book in a major series from fantasy masters Garth Nix and Sean Williams.

The Complete Keys to the Kingdom

Published: November 2010

Seven keys.seven days.seven breathtaking adventures in one stunning boxed set.

Lord Sunday

Published: February 2010

The stunning conclusion to the blockbuster Keys to the Kingdom series. Arthur Penhaligon wields six of the seven Keys to the Kingdom, but will that be enough to defeat Lord Sunday?

The Old Kingdom Chronicles

Published: November 2009

The entire internationally bestselling fantasy trilogy Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, together for the first time in a single volume, plus an exciting short story set in the same evocative world of the Old Kingdom.

Mister Monday

Published: July 2009

The first book in the blockbuster series, The Keys to the Kingdom, by internationally acclaimed author Garth Nix. Moving between our familiar world and bizarre other realms where nothing is predictable, Nix delivers a thrilling adventure-fantasy of breathtaking scope and ingenuity.

Dark Alchemy

Published: November 2008

From dark graveyards to great halls, with witches and wizards and lonely souls, this collection of world-class tales of fantasy and mystery features previously unpublished stories by a host of celebrated writers of fantasy fiction.

One Beastly Beast

Published: August 2008

Four funny, fantastical stories for readers 7-11 yrs, from the fertile imagination of internationally acclaimed author, Garth Nix.

Superior Saturday

Published: June 2008

The sixth book in Garth Nix's blockbuster fantasy-adventure series, The Keys to the Kingdom. Arthur Penhaligon has defeated five of the seven Trustees, but his week is getting worse and worse. Can he stop Saturday's bid for ultimate power?

Dark Alchemy

Published: June 2007

World-class tales of fantasy and mystery on the theme of wizards and witches. Features previously unpublished stories by a host of celebrated writers of fantasy fiction.

Dark Alchemy

Published: June 2007

World-class tales of fantasy and mystery on the theme of wizards and witches. Features previously unpublished stories by a host of celebrated writers of fantasy fiction.

Lady Friday

Published: March 2007

The fifth book in Garth Nix's blockbuster fantasy-adventure series, The Keys to the Kingdom. Arthur Penhaligon has defeated four of the seven Trustees, but his week is getting worse and worse.

Sabriel

Published: October 2006

The first book in the best-selling Old Kingdom trilogy - a passionately exciting tale of a young heroine who must do battle in the realm of Death itself to defeat a powerful enemy. Includes extra material from the author.

Lirael

Published: October 2006

New YA edition of book two in the best-selling Old Kingdom trilogy. Set in the same dark, magical world as Garth Nix's Sabriel and Abhorsen, this is a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny and danger, from an exceptional fantasy talent.

Abhorsen

Published: October 2006

New YA edition of book three in Garth Nix's internationally acclaimed Old Kingdom fantasy trilogy that began with Sabriel and Lirael.

Sir Thursday

Published: March 2006

This is the eagerly awaited fourth book in Garth Nix's blockbuster fantasy-adventure series, The Keys to the Kingdom, following the best-selling Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday and Drowned Wednesday.

Shade's Children

Published: February 2006

A dramatic fantasy/science fiction novel, telling a story of courage and companionship in the face of ruthless, hi-tech enemies in a blasted future city.

The Ragwitch

Published: February 2006

Garth Nix's powerful first fantasy for younger readers, The Ragwitch is a chilling tale of witchcraft, with its starting point in Australia.

Old Kingdom boxed set

Published: November 2005

Across the Wall

Published: January 2005

The collected short stories of Garth Nix, including a novella which follows on from the enthralling Old Kingdom fantasy adventures of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen.

Drowned Wednesday

Published: January 2005

This is Book Three in Garth Nix's blockbuster fantasy-adventure series, The Keys to the Kingdom, following the best-selling Mister Monday and Grim Tuesday.

Abhorsen

Published: January 2004

The final book in Garth Nix's internationally acclaimed Old Kingdom fantasy trilogy, which began with Sabriel and Lirael.

Grim Tuesday

Published: January 2004

This second thrilling installment of The Keys to the Kingdom, by internationally acclaimed Australian author, Garth Nix, delivers high-energy, visually stunning adventure fantasy of dazzling scope and originality.

Mister Monday

Published: September 2003

Book one in a blockbuster series, The Keys to the Kingdom, by the internationally acclaimed Garth Nix. Moving between our familiar world and bizarre other realms where nothing is predictable, Nix delivers a thrilling adventure-fantasy of breathtaking scope and ingenuity.

Sabriel

Published: January 2003

The first book in the Old Kingdom trilogy, this is compelling high fantasy in a gripping tale of a young heroine who must do battle in Death itself to defeat a powerful enemy.

Lirael

Published: January 2003

Set in the same dark, magical world as Garth Nix's award-winning Sabriel and Abhorsen, this is a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny and danger, from an exceptional fantasy talent.

Shade's Children

Published: August 1997

A dramatic fantasy/science fiction novel, telling a story of courage and companionship set against savage forces of darkness.

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