Isobelle Jane Carmody
Born in 1958, in Wangaratta, a town in Victoria, Australia. Eldest (?) of eight, she grew up looking after her brothers and sisters, keeping them in line by telling horror stories.
She began writing Obernewtyn at the age of 14, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, majoring in literature and philosophy. After completing her degree, Carmody found work as a journalist and in public relations, as well as working on her writing. Obernewytn was published in 1987, and was shortlisted for the 1988 Childrens Book Council Book of the Year awards (Older Readers).
Since then, her stature as one of Australia's leading fantasy writers has grown, and she now divides her time between living at home on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria and travelling abroad. When in Australia she regularly visits schools as a public speaker, lectures and passionately promotes her books to her readers. She gave birth to a daughter, Adelaide, on 17th July 1998.
The Legendsong (series)
- Obernewtyn (Penguin, 1987. ISBN 0-14-017854-6).
- Shortlisted CBC Book of the Year Awards (Older Readers) 1988
- The Farseekers (Penguin, 1990. ISBN 0-14-013405-0).
- Honour Book CBC Book of the Year Awards (Older Readers) 1991
- Ashling (Penguin, 1995. ISBN 0-14-0271511).
- The Keeping Place (Penguin, 1999. ISBN 0-670-85358-5)
- The Sending (rumored for release Sept 03)
Scatterlings (Penguin, 1991. ISBN: 0-1403-4767-4 ).
The Gathering (Penguin, 1993. ISBN: 1-7403-0058-0 )
- Darkfall (Penguin, 1997. ISBN 014-027848-6)
- Darksong (rumoured release 2002/2003)
Green Monkey Dreams (Penguin, 1996. ISBN: 0-6708-6750-0)
The Red Shoes. Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas (Lothian, 1996. ISBN: 0-8509-1741-7) - This story is also found in Green Monkey Dreams
Greylands (Penguin, 1997. ISBN: 0-1403-8749-8)
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Tenth Annual Collection (St. Martin's Press, 1997. ISBN: 0-3121-5701-0) - contains a short story, Phoenix, by Carmody
This Way Out: Five Plays. With Steve Taylor (Penguin, 1998. ISBN: 0-1403-8704-8)
Bear Flower (a short story - published in a Canadian anthology)
The Landlord. Illustrated by Ken Carmody (Lothian, 1999. ISBN: 0-8509-1979-7)
Dreaming Down-Under Book 1, edited by Jack Dann and Janeen Webb (Harper Collins, 1999.ISBN 0-7322-5917-7) . The Man Who Lost His Shadow, published in anthology
Billy Thunder and the Night Gate (Penguin, 2000. ISBN: 0-1413-0098-1)
Dreamwalker. Illustrated by Steven Woolman (Lothian, 2001. ISBN: 0-7344-0007-1)
Wildheart. Illustrated by Steven Woolman. (Omnibus, 2002. ISBN: 1-8629-1405-2)
- Joint Winner of the 30th Children's Peace Literary Prize, 1993
- Joint Winner of the CBC Book of the Year Awards (Older Readers), 1994
- Shortlisted 3M Talking Book of the Year Award (Variety Club, Young People's Category), 1994