Peter Corris was born in country Victoria in 1942, grew up and was educated in Melbourne, but moved to Sydney in 1976 and considers himself a naturalised New South Welshman. After almost 30 years as a full-time writer, with over 50 fiction, and more than a dozen non-fiction titles published, he remains as enthusiastic about the profession as ever. He has published in a wide range of genres and areas from crime, spy and historical novels to young adult fiction; from a collection of short stories about golf to co-writing the autobiography of Australia’s ‘secular saint’, the late Professor Fred Hollows. He has edited short story collections and anthologies on golf and boxing.
His long-running and widely-loved series about Sydney private detective Cliff Hardy continues. Regarded as the ‘godfather’ of Australian crime writing, Corris can scarcely contemplate life without writing. Allen & Unwin will publish the last Hardy novel, Win, Lose or Draw, for Christmas 2016.
His most recent work of non-fiction, Mad Dog; William Cyril Moxley and the Moorebank Killings, was published in 2011.
Peter lives with his wife, writer and teacher, Jean Bedford. They have three daughters and a gaggle of grandchildren.
Fellow Aussie crime writer, Shane Maloney, recently published a profile on Peter in Inside Story Link Text.