Isobelle Carmody

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Isobelle Carmody
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Isobelle Carmody on Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
Born (1958-06-16) 16 June 1958 (age 58)
Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia]]
Occupation Novelist
Genre Fantasy,
science fiction,
Young adult literature

Isobelle Jane Carmody (born 16 June 1958) is an Australian writer of science fiction, fantasy, children's literature, and young adult literature.


Isobelle Carmody was born in Wangaratta on 16 June 1958, the eldest of eight children.[1] She began work on Obernewtyn Chronicles at the age of fourteen. This was soon after the death of her father in a traffic accident.[1] She continued to work on them while completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in literature and philosophy; she worked in public relations and journalism.

The Stone Key, book five of the Obernewtyn Chronicles, was released in February 2008. The Sending, book six of that series, was officially released on 31 October 2011.[2] The seventh and final book, The Red Queen, was released in November 2015.

She was Guest of Honour at the 2007 Australian National Science Fiction Convention, Convergence 2, held in Melbourne in June 2007.


Her partner is Jan Stolba, a Czech musician and poet.[1] She currently divides her time between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, and her travels abroad with her partner and daughter, spending a year each in her two residences.


Date first published Title Publisher information Series Notes
1987 Obernewtyn Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-032231-6 Obernewtyn Chronicles - Book 1 Shortlisted for 1988 Children's Book of the Year for Older Readers [3]
1990 The Farseekers Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 0-670-83768-7 Obernewtyn Chronicles - Book 2 Honour book for 1991 Children's Book of the Year for Older Readers[4]
1991 Scatterlings ISBN 978-0-59-055905-8 none
1 June 1993 The Gathering Puffin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-036059-2[5] none
February 1995 Ashling Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-670-85357-1 Obernewtyn Chronicles - Book 3 Shortlisted for 1996 Aurealis Award for Best Young-Adult Novel[6]
1996 Green Monkey Dreams none Short story collection (see below)
1 September 1997 Greylands Puffin Books, paperback, ISBN 0-14-038749-8 none Won the 1998 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel
1997 Darkfall Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-670-86648-9 Legendsong Saga - Book 1 Shortlisted 1998 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy, shortlisted Ditmar Award for Best Long Fiction[7]
1998 This Way Out: Five Plays none With Steve Taylor
1999 The Keeping Place Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 0-14-029579-8 Obernewtyn Chronicles - Book 4[8]
2000 Billy Thunder and the Night Gate Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-130098-6 Gateway Trilogy - Book 1 Also published as Night Gate[9]
2002 Darksong Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-300162-1 Legendsong Saga - Book 2[10]
29 September 2003 The Winter Door Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-130096-2 Gateway Trilogy - Book 2 Also published as Winter Door[11]
2004 Angel Fever Lothian Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-73-440689-7 Quentaris Chronicles
2005 The Cat Dreamer Lothian Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-73-440762-7 Quentaris Chronicles
26 September 2005 Alyzon Whitestarr Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 0-14-300243-0 none Won the 2005 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel and the 2005 Golden Aurealis for best novel
2005 Little Fur Puffin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-330072-4 The Legend of Little Fur - Book 1[12]
2006 A Fox Called Sorrow Puffin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-330073-1 The Legend of Little Fur - Book 2[13]
2007 A Mystery of Wolves Puffin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-330075-5 The Legend of Little Fur - Book 3[14]
4 February 2008 The Stone Key Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-300943-6 Obernewtyn Chronicles - Book 5 Published as two books, Wavesong & The Stone Key, in UK, Canada and US[15][16]
1 November 2008 A Riddle of Green Puffin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-350493-1 The Legend of Little Fur - Book 4[17]
2010 The Red Wind Puffin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-14-330686-3 The Kingdom of the Lost - Book 1[18]
31 October 2011 The Sending Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-67-085359-5 Obernewtyn Chronicles - Book 6[19]
24 April 2013 The Cloud Road Puffin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-67-007518-8 The Kingdom of the Lost - Book 2[20]
12 November 2015 The Red Queen Penguin Books, paperback, ISBN 978-0-67-007640-6 Obernewtyn Chronicles - Book 7[21]
Forthcoming Darkbane Legendsong Saga - Book 3
Forthcoming Firecat's Dream Gateway Trilogy - Book 3
Forthcoming The Velvet City The Kingdom of the Lost - Book 3

Short stories
Collection Title Date first published Notes
After Dark The Red Shoes 1996 pub. 2000
The Landlord 2000
Dark House A Splinter of Darkness 1995 ed. Gary Crew
Dream Weavers The Keystone 1996 ed. Paul Collins
Dreaming Again Perchance to Dream 2008 ed. Jack Dann
Dreaming Down-Under The Man Who Lost His Shadow 1998 ed. Jack Dann, Janeen Webb
Exotic Gothic The Stranger 2009 ed. Danel Olson
Metro Winds 2012
Gathering the Bones The Dove Game 2003 ed. Ramsey Campbell, Jack Dann, Dennis Etchison
Green Monkey Dreams Corfu 1985 pub. 1996
The Witch Seed 1992
Seek No More 1992
The Pumpkin Eater 1994
The Monster Game 1994
Green Monkey Dreams 1995
The Phoenix 1996
The Glory Days
The Beast
The Lemming Factor
The Red Shoes
Into the Future Roaches 1991 ed. Toss Gascoigne, Jo Goodman, Margot Tyrrell
Kids' Night in 2 Santorini 2005 ed. Jessica Adams et al.
Legends of Australian Fantasy The Dark Road: An Obernewtyn Story ed. Jack Dann, Jonathan Strahan
The Lottery: Nine Science Fiction Stories Long Live the Giant! 1994 ed. Lucy Sussex
The Road to Camelot Guinevere, or the Sleeping of Beauty 2002 ed. Sophie Masson
Trust Me Too The Journey 2012
Under My Hat The Stone Witch 2012

Picture books[edit]

  • Journey From the Centre of the Earth (2003), illustrated by Marc McBride
  • Wildheart (2002), illustrated by Steven Woolman
  • Dreamwalker (2000), a story in graphic novel form, illustrated by Steven Woolman
  • The Wrong Thing (2006), illustrated by Declan Lee (rewritten for the US/Canada and published as Magic Night)
  • Night School (2010), illustrated by Anne Spudvilas
  • Evermore (2015), illustrated by Daniel Reed


2011 - Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

  • Younger Readers Book of the Year: winner for The Red Wind[22]

2008 – Aurealis Awards

  • Young Adult Novel: Shortlisted for The Stone Key

2007 – Aurealis Awards[23]

  • Children's Novel: shortlisted for A Fox Called Sorrow

2006 – ABPA Book Design Awards

  • Fiction: winner for Little Fur: the Legend of Little Fur

2006 – Aurealis Awards[23]

  • Golden Aurealis novel: winner for Alyzon Whitestarr
  • Young Adult Novel: winner for Alyzon Whitestarr
  • Children's Long Fiction: winner for Little Fur: The Legend Of Little Fur

2002 – Aurealis Awards[23]

  • Young Adult Short Story Award: winner for Dreamwalker

1998 – Aurealis Awards[23]

  • Young Adult Novel: winner for Greylands
  • Fantasy Novel: shortlisted for "Darkfall: Book One of the Legendsong"

1998 – Ditmar Awards

  • Australian Long Fiction: shortlisted for Darkfall

1997 – Aurealis Awards[23]

  • Young Adult Short Story: winner for Green Monkey Dreams

1997 – Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Stories

  • Young Adult Division: winner for Greylands

1996 – Aurealis Awards[23]

  • Young Adult Novel: shortlisted for Ashling

1994 – The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards[24]

  • Book of the Year for Older Readers: joint winner for The Gathering

1994 – W.A. Young Readers Book Award (WAYRA)

  • Second for The Gathering

1993 – Children's Peace Literature Award (PEACE)

  • Best Book: joint winner for The Gathering

1992 – 3M Talking Book Award – (NSW)

  • Talking Book: Winner for Scatterlings

1991 – The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards[24]

  • Book of the Year for Older Readers – Honour Book for The Farseekers: the Obernewtyn Chronicles

1988 – The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards[25]

  • Book of the Year for Older Readers: shortlisted for Obernewtyn: The Obernewtyn Chronicles

A more complete list of Isobelle Carmody's nominations and awards can be found on the author profile at Penguin Books


  1. ^ a b c Louise Schwartzkoff, "Interview: Isobelle Carmody", The Age, 21 November 2015, Spectrum, p. 24
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  23. ^ a b c d e f "The Locus Index to SF Awards". Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  24. ^ a b "The Children's Book of the Year Awards 1990–1999". Archived from the original on 30 June 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  25. ^ "The Children's Book of the Year Awards 1980–1989". Archived from the original on 11 June 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 

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