Michael Robotham

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Michael Robotham in 2014

Michael Robotham (born 9 November 1960) is an Australian crime fiction writer.


Robotham was born in Casino, NSW, and went to school in Gundagai and Coffs Harbour. In February 1979 he began a journalism cadetship on the Sydney afternoon newspaper The Sun.

In 1986, he went to London where he worked as a reporter and sub-editor for various UK national newspapers before becoming a staff feature writer on The Mail on Sunday in 1989. He rose to become deputy features editor before resigning in May 1993. He then became a ghostwriter, collaborating on fifteen "autobiographies" for people in the arts, politics, the military and sport. Twelve of these titles became Sunday Times bestsellers. In 1996 he returned to Australia with his family and continued writing full-time. In 2002, a partial manuscript of his first novel, The Suspect, became the subject of a bidding war at the London Book Fair. It was later translated into 22 languages and sold over a million copies around the world.

Awards and nominations[edit]




  • "Shots ezine" [1] 2003
  • "The Advertiser" [2] June 26, 2007
  • "The Age" [3] August 19, 2007
  • "reviewingtheevidence" [4] Undated, possibly end 2007
  • "The Book Show" - discussion with Peter Temple [5] July 25, 2008