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Garth has worked as a public servant, bookseller, book editor and literary agent. In 2002, following his outstanding international success, Garth returned to full-time writing (despite his belief that this contributes to the strange behaviour of many authors!). Garth lives in Sydney with his wife Anna, who is a publisher, and their sons Thomas and Edward.
His highly inventive stories set in vivid, compelling worlds have been critically acclaimed and are popular around the world with readers of all ages. The rights to his Old Kingdom Trilogy (Sabriel, Lirael &Abhorsen) have been sold to over 12 countries. To date, Garth’s books have sold in excess of 1,600,000 copies internationally, with Abhorsen reaching No.3 on the New York Times best seller list. Book 5 in this series, Goldenhand, was published in 2016.
Sabriel and Shade’s Children have won major awards in the areas of both children’s literature and the fantasy genre – they have been named as CBC Notable Books and shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards, with Sabriel winning two awards in this prestigious Australian Science Fiction Prize. More recently, Mister Monday, the first book in Garth’s The Keys to the Kingdom series, was an Honour Book (Older Readers Category) in the 2004 CBCA Awards and shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards (2003). Continuing The Keys to the Kingdom series, Grim Tuesday and Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday and Superior Saturday have now been published, along with the thrilling final volume, Lord Sunday, in 2010.
Garth is also the author of three booklets for Very Clever Babies – a series of ‘easy readers’ for three-month-old babies who are familiar with words such as ‘perfidious’ and ‘icthyology’. His other achievements include a novelisation of one of the ‘X-files’ episodes and some ‘proper’ early readers –Bill the Inventor and Blackbeard the Pirate, and a book in the Aussie Bitesseries, Serena Smith and the Sea Serpent.
Garth’s latest work, another children’s fantasy book, is titled Frog Kisser, which is expected to be published in February this year.