Michael Robotham

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Michael Robotham
Michael Robotham 2014.jpg
Michael Robotham in 2014
Born (1960-11-09)9 November 1960
Casino, New South Wales
Language English
Nationality Australian
Notable works Life or Death
Notable awards The CWA Gold Dagger, 2015
Years active 1975-

Michael Robotham (born 9 November 1960) is an Australian crime fiction writer. His daughter is the ARIA and APRA Award nominated songwriter, producer and musician, Alex Hope.


Robotham was born in Casino, New South Wales, 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" [3] 2003
  • "The Advertiser" [4] June 26, 2007
  • "The Age" [5] August 19, 2007
  • "reviewingtheevidence" [6] Undated, possibly end 2007
  • "The Book Show" - discussion with Peter Temple [7] July 25, 2008

Neben der Spur - Television film series Germany, ZDF[edit]

  • Adrenalin (The Suspect) [2] 2014
  • Amnesie (Drowned) [3] 2015