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. 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. 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. Temple is the first Australian to win a Gold Dagger.
ABC Television broadcast an adapted telemovie of The Broken Shore on the 2 February 2014.
Awards and nominations
|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
- An Iron Rose (1998)
- Shooting Star (1999)
- In the Evil Day (2002) aka Identity Theory
- The Broken Shore (2005)
- Truth (2009)
- Ithaca on My Mind (2015)
- January Magazine Interview by David Honeybone, April 2002
- Tangled Web UK Interview by Bob Cornwell, 2007
- "Chasing Ray" weblog Interview by Colleen Mondor, August 2007
- Shots ezine Interview by Ayo Onatade, October 2007
- ABC Radio National, The Book Show In conversation with Jason Steger and Michael Robotham, July 2008
- ABC Radio National, The Book Show Interview with Ramona Koval, November 2009
- Harrison, Dan (2007) "Australian wins top crime-writing prize" in The Age, 6 July 2007, Accessed 6 July 2007
- Peter Temple biography