Peter Temple at Oslo bokfestival in 2011
|Born||10 March 1946|
|Died||8 March 2018 (aged 71)|
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
|Genre||Murder mystery, thriller, crime fiction|
|Notable works||Jack Irish series|
Peter Temple (10 March 1946 – 8 March 2018) was an Australian crime fiction writer, mainly known for his Jack Irish novel series. He won several awards for his writing, including the Gold Dagger in 2007, the first for an Australian.
Peter Temple was an international magazine and newspaper journalist and editor. Born in South Africa in 1946, he moved to Sydney, Australia in 1980 and in 1982 moved to Melbourne to become the founding editor of Australian Society magazine. He also taught journalism, editing and media studies at university. He played a significant role in establishing the professional editing course at RMIT, Melbourne.
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 also wrote three stand-alone novels: An Iron Rose, Shooting Star and 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 in My Mind" in the Allen and Unwin Shorts series. His novels have been published in 20 countries.
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 latest 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 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)
- 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
- "Temple, Peter", AustLit (subscription required)
- "Jack Irish", ABC TV
- Peter Temple Author. ABC website. Retrieved 20 May 2013
- "Aussie author wins crime writing prize"[permanent dead link], The Canberra Times, 6 July 2007]
- Harrison (2007)
- "Acclaimed crime writer Peter Temple dies, aged 71". Sydney Morning Herald. 11 March 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2018.