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Kerry Isabelle Greenwood (born 17 June 1954 in Footscray, Victoria, Australia[1]) is an Australian author and lawyer. She has written many plays and books, most notably a string of historical detective novels centred on the character of Phryne Fisher. She writes mysteries, science-fiction, historical fiction, and children's stories, and plays as well. She is unmarried but lives with a "registered wizard",[clarification needed][2] mathematician and author David Greagg.[3] Greenwood earned the Australian women's crime fiction Davitt Award in 2002 for her young adult novel The Three-Pronged Dagger.

Kerry Greenwood
Kerry Greenwood
Kerry Greenwood signing books at the launch of Forbidden Fruit
BornKerry Isabelle Greenwood
(1954-06-17) 17 June 1954 (age 65)
Melbourne, Australia
OccupationWriter, locum solicitor
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAustralian
EducationBA, LL.B
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
GenreCrime, historical, science-fiction
Notable worksPhryne Fisher series
PartnerDavid Greagg

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Early life and educationEdit

Greenwood grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray, where she still lives today. She attended Geelong Road State School (now Footscray Primary School), Maribyrnong College and the University of Melbourne, where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor of Laws degrees in 1979. Whilst at university, Greenwood worked at a women's refuge.

CareerEdit

In 1982, Greenwood was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria, and worked full-time as a criminal defence lawyer for Victoria Legal Aid until becoming a professional writer. Since that time, she has remained a locum duty solicitor for Legal Aid, practising in the Sunshine Magistrates' Court.[4]

She began writing at books at sixteen, but remained unpublished. In 1988 she entered one of her eight novels for the Vogel prize; although not successful, one of the judges offered her a contract for two detective novels.[4]

BooksEdit

Phryne Fisher historical mysteriesEdit

  1. Cocaine Blues (1989) aka Death by Misadventure[5]
  2. Flying Too High (1990)
  3. Murder on the Ballarat Train (1991)[6]
  4. Death at Victoria Dock (1992)[7]
  5. The Green Mill Murder (1993)
  6. Blood and Circuses (1994) [8]
  7. Ruddy Gore (1995)[9]
  8. Urn Burial (1996)
  9. Raisins and Almonds (1997)
  10. Death Before Wicket (1999)
  11. Away with the Fairies (2001)
  12. Murder in Montparnasse (2002)
  13. The Castlemaine Murders (2003)
  14. Queen of the Flowers (2004)
  15. Death by Water (2005)[10]
  16. Murder in the Dark (2006)
  17. Murder on a Midsummer Night (2008)
  18. Dead Man's Chest (2010)
  19. Unnatural Habits (2012)
  20. Murder and Mendelssohn (2013)[11]
  • The Phryne Fisher Mysteries: Cocaine Blues / Flying Too High (omnibus) (2004)
  • A Question of Death (short story collection) (2008)

Corinna Chapman mysteriesEdit

  1. Earthly Delights (2004)
  2. Heavenly Pleasures (2005)
  3. Devil's Food (2006)
  4. Trick or Treat (2007)
  5. Forbidden Fruit (2009)
  6. Cooking the Books (2011)
  7. The Spotted Dog (2018)[12]

Delphic WomenEdit

  • Cassandra (1995)[13]
  • Electra (1996)
  • Medea (1997)

Spinouts (with Michael Pryor and Catherine Randle)Edit

  • The Bold and The Brave (2000)

StormbringerEdit

The Broken Wheel, Whaleroad, Cave Rats and Feral are prequels to the Stormbringer trilogy. Characters in Stormbringer refer to events in those books, but are otherwise independent.

  • The Rat and the Raven (2005)
  • Lightning Nest (2006)
  • Ravens Rising (2006)

NovelsEdit

  • The Wandering Icon (1992)
  • The Childstone Cycle (1994)[14]
  • Quest (1996)
  • The Broken Wheel (1996)
  • Whaleroad (1996)
  • Cave Rats (1997)
  • Feral (1998)
  • Whaleroad, Cave Rats and Feral published in one volume in 2002
  • Alien Invasions (2000) (with Shannah Jay and Lucy Sussex, edited by Paul Collins and Meredith Costain)
  • A different sort of real: the diary of Charlotte McKenzie, Melbourne 1918–1919 (2001)

Also titled The Deadly Flu as printed in 2012

  • The Three-Pronged Dagger (2002)
  • Danger Do Not Enter (2003)
  • The Long Walk (2004)
  • Journey to Eureka (2005)
  • Out of the Black Land (2010)

CollectionsEdit

  • Recipes for Crime (1995) (with Jenny Pausacker)[15]

Anthologies editedEdit

  • Bad to the Bones (2002)

Short fictionEdit

"Jetsam" (1998) in Dreaming Down-Under (ed. Jack Dann, Janeen Webb)

Non-fictionEdit

  • On Murder (2000)
  • On Murder 2 (2002)
  • Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery (2012)

TV and filmEdit

The Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries television series was filmed in and around Melbourne in 2011 and premiered on ABC1 on 24 February 2012. A second series was commissioned in August 2012 and filming began in February 2013 and aired starting 6 September 2013.[16]

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Division, Best Novel, 1996: joint winner for The Broken Wheel
  • Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award, Book of the Year: Younger Readers, 2002: honour book for A Different Sort of Real : The Diary of Charlotte McKenzie, Melbourne 1918–1919
  • Davitt Award, Best Young Fiction Book, 2002: winner for The Three-Pronged Dagger
  • Davitt Award, Best Young Fiction Book, 2003: nominated for The Wandering Icon
  • Davitt Award, Best Adult Novel, 2003: nominated for Murder in Montparnasse : A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing, Lifetime Contribution, 2003
  • Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2005: shortlisted for Heavenly Pleasures : A Corinna Chapman Novel
  • Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2005: shortlisted for Queen of the Flowers : A Phryne Fisher Mystery
  • New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books, 2006: shortlisted for Journey to Eureka
  • Davitt Award, Readers' Choice Award, 2006: joint winner for Heavenly Pleasures : A Corinna Chapman Novel
  • Davitt Award, Readers' Choice Award, 2007: joint winner for Devil's Food
  • Ned Kelly Award for Crime Writing, Best Novel, 2008: nominated for Trick or Treat

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kerry Greenwood". Austlit. Retrieved 15 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Kerry Greenwood". Phryne Fisher. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  3. ^ Money, Lawrence (1 April 2012). "Fearless Phryne takes on the small screen". The Age. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b Schmidt, Lucinda (25 June 2008). "Profile: Kerry Greenwood". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  5. ^ Kerry Greenwood at Fantastic Fiction
  6. ^ Popple, Jeff (19 January 1992). "Unabated flood of serial killers". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ Barney, Stan (24 May 1992). "Compulsive reading in an outback adventure". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  8. ^ Popple, Jeff (14 January 1995). "A mixed bag of crime an espionage thrillers". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  9. ^ Price, Jenna (10 December 1995). "The Body in the Stocking". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Death by Water". The Age. 26 June 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  11. ^ Turnbull, Sue (9 November 2013). "Literary Miss Fisher always gets her man". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  12. ^ Goldsworthy, Kerryn (15 November 2018). "The Spotted Dog review: Kerry Greenwood bakes a serving of criminal delights". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  13. ^ Matthews, Stephen (23 July 1995). "Browsing a Book fair". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Prose does no Justice to subjects sensuality". The Canberra Times. 14 January 1995. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  15. ^ Salins, Christine (6 September 1995). "Provence from Melbourne's French Kitchen". Canberra Times. p. 30. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  16. ^ Every Cloud website Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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