Nick Earls


Nick Earls is the author of twenty-seven books for adults, teenagers and children. His novels have won awards in Australia the UK and US, and appeared on bestseller lists in those countries. Five of his books have been adapted into stage plays and two, 48 Shades of Brown (Penguin, 1999) and Perfect Skin (Viking, 2000), into feature films. His most recent fiction is the novella series Wisdom Tree (Inkerman & Blunt, 2016), which won multiple awards, including a NSW Premier’s Literary Award and a gold medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards (USA). The Sydney Morning Herald described the series as ‘a triumphant and extraordinary piece of fiction’. His University of Queensland creative writing PhD explored contemporary novella craft and publishing. In 2012, the Age included him among its top ten Greatest Living Australians (along with Warwick Capper and Shane Warne).



FictionThe first time we were here it was just the two of us, Lindsey and me. We stayed at the Chelsea and I got my hair cut there by a hairdresser who had done Dee Dee Ramone’s that morning. Nothing unusual in that. She’d cut his hair for years, she told me. I never discovered if it was true or not. I wanted it to be true. Dee Dee’s hair was no fixed thing though.... Johnny’s was the iconic Ramones hair, so that’s the cut I got. No one at home had that. And Johnny threw his hair forward when he stabbed at his guitar, as if hair could be another weapon.

Songs of childhood

MemoirHow do you make a terrorist? I can't pretend to know the definitive answer to that question, and I'm not at all sure that there is just one. But I can see that it's possible that some people who...

The secret life of veal

FictionSHE STRUCK ME as attractive in a certain way, the way the head of a well-made axe can be attractive, hard angles matched to a purpose. She talked about modelling, though she never called herself a model. She said...

The magnificent Amberson

FictionThe toilet was not what I had expected. Still less the porn.The pedestal in the bathroom of our executive suite at the Roumei Beauty Hotel looked like something built for astronauts, or a movie prop, or a tangent that...

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