Geoffrey McSkimming (born 1 January 1962) is a children's novelist and poet. He is the author of the 19 volume Cairo Jim chronicles and Jocelyn Osgood jaunts and the newly released Phyllis Wong series of mystery novels.
McSkimming was born in Sydney, Australia. To write his Cairo Jim stories, he travelled to Egypt, Peru, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Greece, Mexico, Turkey, Italy and Singapore and other locations. He is much in demand for author talks, and appears with his wife, the magician Sue-Anne Webster, to promote the Phyllis Wong mysteries series.
Geoffrey McSkimming has contributed to magazines and poetry anthologies and he has also narrated the Cairo Jim chronicles as audio books for Bolinda Publishing. He wrote five character tours which were performed in the galleries at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney, Australia, from 2000 through 2013. In June 2006 Geoffrey McSkimming undertook an author tour of the UK for Walker Books, who released ten titles in the Cairo Jim series in the UK. In 2007, Scholastic published Geoffrey McSkimming's book of verse, Ogre in a Toga and Other Perverse Verses. The audio version of this title, narrated by McSkimming, was shortlisted in the Audie Awards (US) in 2008.
Geoffrey McSkimming's 22nd book, "Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror", was published in 2014 by Allen & Unwin. The third Phyllis Wong mystery is being published in June 2015 and he is currently writing the fourth story in the series.
Geoffrey McSkimming is represented by Curtis Brown Literary Agency, Sydney and London.
- Phyllis Wong and the Return of the Conjuror (2014)
- Phyllis Wong and the Forgotten Secrets of Mr Okyto (2012)
- Ogre in a Toga and Other Perverse Verses (2008)
- Cairo Jim and the Astragals of Angkor (2007)
- Cairo Jim at the Crossroads of Orpheus (2006)
- Cairo Jim and the Sumptuous Stash of Silenus (2005)
- Cairo Jim and Jocelyn Osgood in Bedlam from Bollywood (2004)
- Cairo Jim and the Rorting of Rameses' Regalia (2003)
- Cairo Jim and the Chaos from Crete (2002)
- Cairo Jim and the Tyrannical Bauble of Tiberius (2001)
- Cairo Jim and the Lagoon of Tidal Magnificence (2000)
- Cairo Jim Amidst the Petticoats of Artemis (2000)
- Cairo Jim and the Secret Sepulchre of the Sphinx (1999)
- Jocelyn Osgood in Ascent into Asgard (1998)
- Cairo Jim and the Quest for the Quetzal Queen (1997)
- Cairo Jim's Bumper Book of Flabbergasting Fragments (1996)
- Cairo Jim and the Alabastron of Forgotten Gods (1996)
- Jocelyn Osgood and the Xylophones above Zarundi (1995)
- Cairo Jim and the Sunken Sarcophagus of Sekheret (1994)
- Jocelyn Osgood - After the Puce Empress (1993)
- Cairo Jim on the Trail to ChaCha Muchos (1992)
- Cairo Jim & Doris in Search of Martenarten (1991)
"When Geoffrey McSkimming was a boy he found an old motion-picture projector and a tin containing a dusty home movie in his grandmother's attic. He screened the film and was transfixed by the flickering image of a man in a jaunty pith helmet, baggy Sahara shorts and special desert sun-spectacles. The man had an imposing macaw and a clever looking camel, and Geoffrey Mcskimming was mesmerised by their activities in black-and-white Egypt, Peru, Greece, Mexico, Sumatra, Turkey, Italy and other exotic locations.
Years later he discovered the identities of the trio, and has spent much of his time since then retracing their footsteps, interviewing surviving members of the Old Relics Society, and gradually reconstructing the lost true tales of Cairo Jim, which have become the enormously successful Cairo Jim chronicles."
- Text taken from Cairo Jim and the Sumptuous Stash of Silenus, published in Australia and New Zealand in 2005 by Hachette Children's Books Australia, an imprint of Hachette Livre Australia Pty Ltd. Copyright (C) Geoffrey McSkimming 2005
- Official Geoffrey McSkimming website for the Phyllis Wong mysteries
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