David Whish-Wilson

David Whish-Wilson is the author of seven novels and three creative non-fiction books. He was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, but raised in Singapore, Victoria and Western Australia. He left Australia aged 18 to live for a decade in Europe, Africa and Asia, where he worked as a barman, actor, street seller, petty criminal, labourer, exterminator, factory worker, gardener, clerk, travel agent, teacher and drug trial guinea pig. David’s first novel in the Frank Swann crime series, Line of Sight (Penguin Australia), was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award in 2012. He has since written three more in the series: Zero at the Bone, Old Scores and Shore Leave, and a related crime novel, True West. The first three books in the series have also been published in Germany by Suhrkamp Verlag. He is also the author of a work of historical fiction, The Coves. David wrote the Perth book in the NewSouth Books city series, which was shortlisted for a WA Premier’s Book Award. He currently lives in Fremantle, Western Australia, with his partner and three children, where he teaches creative writing at Curtin University.

Books from this author



Ned Kelly Award (Shortlisted 2011, 2020)
Curtin University Faculty of Humanities Minor Creative Work of the Year (Winner 2015)
Patricia Hackett Prize for best short story published in Westerly (Winner 2014)
Curtin University Faculty of Humanities Book of the Year Award (Winner 2014)
Western Australian Premier’s Award (Shortlisted 2014)
Curtin University Faculty of Humanities Creative Work of the Year Award (Winner 2011)