Peter Robb (author)

Peter Robb (born 1946 in Toorak, Melbourne) is an Australian author.[1]

Robb spent his formative years in Australia and New Zealand, and between 1978 and 1992 he spent most of his time in Naples and southern Italy, interspersed with sojourns in Brazil. At the end of 1992 he returned to Sydney. Prior to 1978, whilst in Australia he was involved with a small trotskyist organisation, the Communist League (sympathising organisation of the Fourth International) helping to produce its newspaper "Militant". He was also key in the departure of a section of the Communist League's leadership absorption by the Socialist Workers Party in 1976 (see Fusion Statement of SWP and ex-CL Group in "Direct Action", 25 November 1976).

His first book, Midnight in Sicily, was published in Australia in October 1996. It won the non-fiction prize of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-fiction in 1997.[2]

His second book, M, a biography of the Italian artist Caravaggio, was published in Australia in 1998. The book provoked controversy on its publication in Britain in 2000. In December 1999, he published Pig's Blood and Other Fluids, a collection of three crime fiction novellas. In October 2003, Robb published his fourth book, A Death in Brazil, which was named The Age's non-fiction book of the year for 2004. In October 2010, his book Street Fight in Naples was published by Allen & Unwin.[citation needed]

He has taught at the University of Melbourne, the University of Oulu in Finland and the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples.[citation needed]



  • Midnight in Sicily (1996)
  • M (1998)
  • Pig's Blood and Other Fluids (1999)
  • A Death in Brazil (2003)
  • Street Fight in Naples (2010)
  • Lives (2012)

Essays and reportingEdit

  • Robb, Peter (August 2014). "Brand management : the peripatetic director of the Art Gallery of NSW". The Monthly. 103: 32–37.[3]


  1. ^ Austlit - Peter Robb
  2. ^ Peter Robb at the State Library of Victoria
  3. ^ Online version is titled "Art Gallery NSW's Michael Brand".

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