Garth Nix

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Garth Nix
Garth nix 2012.jpg
Nix at the 2012 Texas Book Festival
Born Garth Richard Nix
(1963-07-19) 19 July 1963 (age 53)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Writer
Nationality Australian
Period c. 1995–present
Genre Fantasy

Garth Richard Nix (born 19 July 1963) is an Australian writer who specialises in children's and young adult 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."[1]


Born in Melbourne, Nix was raised in Canberra.[2] He attended Turner Primary School, Lyneham High School and Dickson College for schooling. While at Dickson College, Nix joined the Australian Army Reserve.[3] 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.[4]

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.[4]

Nix lives in Sydney with his wife Anna McFarlane, a publisher, and their sons Thomas, Henry and Edward.[5]


Young Adult Series[edit]

The Old Kingdom[edit]

Also known as the Abhorsen series or trilogy

  • Sabriel: The Abhorsen (1995)
  • Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (2001)
  • Abhorsen (2003)
  • Clariel The Lost Abhorsen (2014)
  • Goldenhand (2016)
Companion works
  • The Creature in the Case (2005) (Novella produced for World Book Day) – Released as part of Across the Wall: A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories with the title changing to Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case.
  • An Extract of the Journal of Idrach the Lesser Necromancer (2009) – Short Story released on[6]
  • To Hold the Bridge (Novella, initially released in an anthology titled Legends of Australian Fantasy, edited by Jack Dann and Jonathan Strahan)[7] – Released as part of To Hold the Bridge (Collection)
  • The Old Kingdom Chronicles (2009) (titled The Abhorsen Chronicles in the United States) – First three Abhorsen books and The Creature in the Case

The Seventh Tower[edit]

  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)

Standalone Novels[edit]


Uncollected Stories[edit]

  • “Sam, Cars and the Cuckoo” first published in Warlock magazine, 1984
  • “The Kind Old Sun Will Know” first published in Eidolon magazine, 1996
  • “Dog Soldier” first published in Jim Baen’s Universe, 2006
  • “Bad Luck, Trouble, Death and Vampire Sex” first published in Eclipse, edited by Jonathan Strahan, 2007
  • “Crossing the Line” first published in Fearie Tales, edited by Stephen Jones, 2013
  • “Fire Above, Fire Below” first published by, 2013
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted” first published in Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow, 2014
  • “Happy Go Lucky” first published in Kaleidoscope, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios, 2014
  • “By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers” first published in Old Venus, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, 2015


  1. ^ Nix, Garth (2007). Across the Wall. Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-00-722146-2. 
  2. ^ "Garth Nix". AUSTLIT ( Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  3. ^ Nix, Garth. "Something about Garth Nix". Garth Nix. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer, ed. (2006). Year's Best Fantasy 6. Tachyon Publications. ISBN 1-892391-37-6. 
  6. ^ – An Extract of the Journal of Idrach the Lesser Necromancer
  7. ^ "residence". Inside A Dog. 
  8. ^ "Fantasy authors to collaborate on Troubletwisters". Hindustan Times. 29 March 2010. Archived from the original on 12 November 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Martin, George R. R. (19 June 2014). "Not A Blog: Venus In March". Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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