Peter Temple

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Peter Temple at Oslo bokfestival in 2011

Peter Temple (born 1946 in South Africa) is an award-winning Australian crime fiction writer.


A journalist and journalism lecturer, he moved to Sydney, Australia, in 1980 and in 1982 moved to Melbourne to become the founding editor of Australian Society magazine. He later played a significant role in establishing the professional editing course at RMIT, Melbourne.[1] He is married to Anita and has an adult son, Nicholas. He now lives in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.


Temple turned to fiction writing in the 1990s. His Jack Irish novels (Bad Debts, Black Tide, Dead Point, and White Dog) are set in Melbourne, and feature an unusual lawyer-gambler protagonist. In 2012, the Australian ABC Television and the German ZDF produced the first two as feature-length films with Guy Pearce in the title role under the series title Jack Irish.[2] Temple has also written three stand-alone novels: An Iron Rose, Shooting Star, In the Evil Day (Identity Theory in the US), as well as The Broken Shore and its semi-sequel, Truth. In 2015 he published "Ithaca on My Mind" in the Allen and Unwin Shorts series.


In 2010, Peter Temple won the Miles Franklin Award for his novel Truth. He has also won five Ned Kelly Awards for crime fiction, the most recent in 2006 for The Broken Shore, which also won the Colin Roderick Award for best Australian book and the Australian Book Publishers' Award for best general fiction. The Broken Shore also won the Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie Dagger (Gold Dagger) in 2007.[3] Temple is the first Australian to win a Gold Dagger.[4]

ABC Television broadcast an adapted telemovie of The Broken Shore on the 2 February 2014.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Miles Franklin Award 2010 Truth (winner)
Australian Book Industry Awards Australian General Fiction Book of the Year 2006 The Broken Shore (winner)
Colin Roderick Award 2006 The Broken Shore
Duncan Lawrie Dagger 2007 The Broken Shore (winner)
Miles Franklin Award 2006 The Broken Shore (longlisted)
Ned Kelly Awards Best Novel 2006 The Broken Shore (joint winner)
2003 White Dog (winner)
2001 Dead Point (joint winner)
2000 Shooting Star (winner)
Ned Kelly Awards Best First Novel 1997 Bad Debts (joint winner)


Jack Irish novels[edit]

Other novels[edit]

Book review[edit]




  1. ^ "Temple, Peter", AustLit (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Jack Irish", ABC TV
  3. ^ "Aussie author wins crime writing prize", The Canberra Times, 6 July 2007]
  4. ^ Harrison (2007)