Portrait of Peter Temple

Peter Temple

Born in South Africa, Peter Temple moved to Australia in 1980. He has worked extensively as a journalist and editor, and has taught journalism, editing and media studies at a number of universities.

Temple is Australia’s most acclaimed crime writer. His novels include Bad Debts (Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel), Black Tide, Shooting Star (Ned Kelly Award), Dead Point (Ned Kelly Award), In the Evil Day and White Dog (Ned Kelly Award).

The Broken Shore was a huge critical and commercial hit, reaching the long-list for the Miles Franklin Award in 2006 and earning Temple another Ned Kelly Award, the Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction and the Colin Roderick Award for the best writing about Australia.

In 2007, The Broken Shore was awarded the UK Crime Writers’ Association’s Duncan Lawrie Gold Dagger, making Temple the first Australian to win the world’s richest and most prestigious crime writing prize.

In 2010 Truth, the sequel to The Broken Shore, was awarded the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s greatest writing prize. His books are published in more than twenty countries.