Garth Nix

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Garth Nix
Garth nix 2012.jpg
Nix at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born (1963-07-19) 19 July 1963 (age 52)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Writer
Nationality Australian
Period c. 1995–present
Genre Fantasy

Garth Richard Nix[1] (born 19 July 1963) is an Australian writer who specialises in children's and young adults' fantasy novels, notably the Old Kingdom, Seventh Tower and Keys to the Kingdom series. He has frequently been asked if his name is a pseudonym, to which he has responded, "I guess people ask me because it sounds like the perfect name for a writer of fantasy. However, it is my real name."[2]


Born in Melbourne, Nix was raised in Canberra. After a period working for the Australian government, he traveled in Europe before returning to Australia in 1983 and undertaking a BA in professional writing at Canberra University. He worked in a Canberra bookshop after graduation, before moving to Sydney in 1987, where he worked his way up in the publishing field. He was a sales rep and publicist before becoming a Senior editor at HarperCollins. In 1993 he commenced further travel in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe before becoming a marketing consultant, founding his own company, Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd. From 1999-2002 he worked as a literary agent with Curtis Brown (Australia) Pty Ltd before becoming a full-time author.[3]

In addition to his work as a fantasy novelist, Nix has written a number of scenarios and articles for the role playing field, including those for Dungeons & Dragons and Traveller. These have appeared in related publications such as White Dwarf, Multiverse and Breakout!. He has also written case studies, articles and news items in the information technology field, his work appearing in publications such as Computerworld and PCWorld.[3]

Nix lives in Sydney with his wife Anna McFarlane, a publisher, and their sons Thomas, Henry and Edward.[4]


The Old Kingdom[edit]

Also known as the Abhorsen series or trilogy

Companion works
  • The Creature in the Case (2005) (Novella produced for World Book Day) – Released as part of the collection below with the title changing to Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case.
  • Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories (2005) (The only Abhorsen story included is "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case")
  • The Old Kingdom Chronicles (2009) (titled The Abhorsen Chronicles in the United States) – First three Abhorsen books and The Creature in the Case
  • An Extract of the Journal of Idrach the Lesser Necromancer (2009) – Short Story released on[5]
  • To Hold the Bridge (Novella, initially released in an anthology titled Legends of Australian Fantasy, edited by Jack Dann and Jonathan Strahan)[6] – Released as part of the collection below.
  • To Hold the Bridge (2015) (The only Abhorsen story included is "To Hold the Bridge")[7]

The Seventh Tower[edit]

Main article: The Seventh Tower
  1. The Fall (2000)
  2. Castle (2000)
  3. Aenir (2001)
  4. Above the Veil (2001)
  5. Into Battle (2001)
  6. The Violet Keystone (2001)

The Keys to the Kingdom[edit]

  1. Mister Monday (2003)
  2. Grim Tuesday (2004)
  3. Drowned Wednesday (2005)
  4. Sir Thursday (2006)
  5. Lady Friday (2007)
  6. Superior Saturday (2008)
  7. Lord Sunday (2010)

Very Clever Baby[edit]

These books were essentially self-published (though later republished by Text Media in Melbourne) and although aimed at "Very Clever Babies Aged 3–6 Months", some help is needed from parents with the long words such as "ichthyologist" used by the character Freddy the Fish.

  • Very Clever Baby's First Reader (1988)
  • Very Clever Baby's Ben Hur (1988)
  • Very Clever Baby's Guide to the Greenhouse Effect (1992)
  • Very Clever Baby's First Christmas (1998)


A collaboration with Sean Williams.[8]

  1. Troubletwisters (2011)
  2. The Monster (2012)
  3. The Mystery (June 2013)
  4. The Missing (2014)




  1. ^ "Garth Nix". AUSTLIT ( Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  2. ^ Nix, Garth (2007). Across the Wall. Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-00-722146-2. 
  3. ^ a b Collins, Paul; Steven Paulsen; Sean McMullen (1998). The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. p. 134. ISBN 0-522-84771-4. 
  4. ^ David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, ed. (2006). Year's Best Fantasy 6. Tachyon Publications. ISBN 1-892391-37-6. 
  5. ^ – An Extract of the Journal of Idrach the Lesser Necromancer
  6. ^ "residence". Inside A Dog. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Fantasy authors to collaborate on Troubletwisters". Hindustan Times. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Martin, George R. R. (19 June 2014). "Not A Blog: Venus In March". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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