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Occupation  Novelist
Name  Isobelle Carmody

Role  Writer
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Born  16 June 1958 (age 57) Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia (1958-06-16)
Genre  Fantasy, science fiction, Young adult literature
Awards  Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel
Books  Obernewtyn, The Red Queen, The Gathering, The Sending, The Farseekers
Similar People  Gary Crew, Margo Lanagan, Kate Forsyth, Sean McMullen, Garth Nix

Nominations  James Tiptree, Jr. Award

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Isobelle Jane Carmody (born 16 June 1958) is an Australian writer of science fiction, fantasy, children's literature, and young adult literature.


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Isobelle Carmody was born in Wangaratta on 16 June 1958, the eldest of eight children. She began work on Obernewtyn Chronicles at the age of fourteen. This was soon after the death of her father in a traffic accident. She continued to work on them while completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in literature and philosophy; she worked in public relations and journalism.

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The Stone Key, book five of the Obernewtyn Chronicles, was released in February 2008. The Sending, book six of that series, was officially released on 31 October 2011. The seventh and final book, The Red Queen, was released in November 2015.

She was Guest of Honour at the 2007 Australian National Science Fiction Convention, Convergence 2, held in Melbourne in June 2007.


Her partner is Jan Stolba, a Czech musician and poet. She currently divides her time between her home on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, and her travels abroad with her partner and daughter, spending a year each in her two residences.

Picture books

  • Journey From the Centre of the Earth (2003), illustrated by Marc McBride
  • Wildheart (2002), illustrated by Steven Woolman
  • Dreamwalker (2000), a story in graphic novel form, illustrated by Steven Woolman
  • The Wrong Thing (2006), illustrated by Declan Lee (rewritten for the US/Canada and published as Magic Night)
  • Night School (2010), illustrated by Anne Spudvilas
  • Evermore (2015), illustrated by Daniel Reed
  • Awards

    2011 - Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

    2008 – Aurealis Awards

    2007 – Aurealis Awards

    2006 – ABPA Book Design Awards

    2006 – Aurealis Awards

    2002 – Aurealis Awards

    1998 – Aurealis Awards

    1998 – Ditmar Awards

    1997 – Aurealis Awards

    1997 – Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, Stories

    1996 – Aurealis Awards

    1994 – The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

    1994 – W.A. Young Readers Book Award (WAYRA)

    1993 – Children's Peace Literature Award (PEACE)

    1992 – 3M Talking Book Award – (NSW)

    1991 – The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

    1988 – The Children's Book Council of Australia Awards

    A more complete list of Isobelle Carmody's nominations and awards can be found on the author profila at Penguin Books


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