Gabrielle Lord

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Gabrielle Lord
Born (1946-02-26) 26 February 1946 (age 68)
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Australian
Genre Psychological thrillers

Gabrielle Craig Lord (born 26 February 1946) is an Australian writer who has been described as Australia's first lady of crime.[1] She has published a wide range of writing including reviews, articles, short stories and non-fiction, but she is best known for her psychological thrillers.


Lord was born in Sydney. She went to school at Kincoppal Rose Bay School at Rose Bay, and university at the University of New England in Armidale where she did her Honours degree in Victorian Literature. She worked as a teacher, and as a public servant with the Commonwealth Employment Service. In 1978, with the support of a New Writer's Fellowship, she took a year off work to write full-time. The novel she wrote during the majority of that time, A Death in the Family received a bad reader's report so Lord put it aside and in the remaining three weeks of her year off wrote Fortress. It was an instant success and, with the money from the film rights, she was able to leave paid employment in 1983 and return to full-time writing.Ellison, Jennifer (1986) Rooms of their own, Ringwood, Penguin, p. 202Lord's other interests include animal welfare, and a type of spirituality that is manifested in appreciation of the music of the Taizé Community, a spiritual community in France.Gabrielle Lord likes cats She lives in a Sydney beach-side suburb. She has one daughter and 4 grand daughters.


Her third novel was Fortress, a thriller about the kidnapping of a country school teacher and her students. It was inspired by the Faraday School kidnapping, but takes dramatic licence with the actual events. It was an instant success, was translated into six languages, and was made into a film. Since then she has written many thrillers, including two series: the Gemma Lincoln series about an ex-cop PI, and the Jack McCain series about a forensic scientist.

She believes strongly in research, saying it is "necessary for today's savvy readers"[2] and to this end has, over the years, spent time with scientists, detectives, and forensic anthropologists; she has studied some Anatomy at the University of Sydney; and has done work experience with a private security business.

Two of her novels have been filmed: Fortress (1986), a feature film adapted by scriptwriter Everett De Roche and directed by Arch Nicholson; and Whipping Boy (1996), a telemovie adapted by scriptwriter Peter Yeldham and directed by Di Drew.

In June 2011, filming for a TV adaptation of Lord's young adult fiction series, Conspiracy 365, began. The series aired in Australia on Family Movie Channel in 2012.


  • 2002 Ned Kelly Awards for Best Crime Novel for Death Delights[3]
  • 2003 Davitt Award (Joint winner) for best crime novel by an Australian woman for Baby did a bad bad thing



Gemma Lincoln series

Jack McCain series

  • Monkey Undercover (2006)

Conspiracy 365 series

  • January (2010)
  • February (2010)
  • March (2010)
  • April (2010)
  • May (2010)
  • June (2010)
  • July (2010)
  • August (2010)
  • September (2010)
  • October (2010)
  • November (2010)
  • December (2010)
  • Revenge (2011)
  • Malice (2012)
  • Missing (2013)

Code Black editions are due for release for each separate book. The Code Black editions will include new code-crackers. The January: Code Black book includes a free code wheel and four pictures from the upcoming TV series, to be aired on FMC.[4]

Young adult fiction[edit]

  • Monkey undercover (2006)
  • Conspiracy 365 (2010–, series of 12 novels)Sneak Preview*


  • Growing up Catholic (with others) (1986)
  • Grace of angels (1996)
  • Sanctuary (2005, co-written and with an accompanying CD by Trisha Watts)
  • The Nana Diaries


  1. ^ Pressley, Alison (2007) "Lord and lady" in Good Reading Magazine, April 2007, pp. 22–23
  2. ^ Biography. Retrieved on 2011-12-01.
  3. ^ "Ned Kelly Awards". Australian Crime Fiction Database. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  4. ^ CONSPIRACY 365 CODE BLACK. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2011-12-01.


  • Adelaide, Debra (1988) Australian women writers: a bibliographic guide, London, pandora.

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