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    A Short Literary Biography
Susan Geason was born in Tasmania, grew up largely in Queensland, and now lives in Sydney. An entirely new Syd Fish novel, Hook, Line & Sinker, is now available on this website". She has a BA in History and Politics from the University of Queensland and a Masters Degree in political theory from the University of Toronto, Canada, where she lived for some years.

Most of Geason's professional life has centred on politics and writing, often a combination of both, including positions as a researcher in Parliament House, Canberra; Cabinet Adviser in the NSW Premier's Department; and head of information in what is now the Environment Protection Authority. Since 1988 she has worked as a freelance writer and editor, and from 1992 till 1997, was literary editor of the Sydney weekly newspaper, the Sun-Herald.

In the late 1980s Geason wrote a series of crime prevention manuals for the Australian Institute of Criminology and spent two years on the Premier's Advisory Council on Crime Prevention.

Geason has produced a collection of short stories-Shaved Fish-and three mystery novels starring Syd Fish, the Darlinghurst Private Eye-Dogfish and Shark Bait. The third novel, Hook Line & Sinker, will be published by her French publisher, Šditions de l'Aube. Her most recent novel published in Australia was Wildfire, which introduced psychologist and homicide cop, Rachel Addison. Most of these have been translated into French and German. Geason also dramatised Shaved Fish for ABC Radio as Fish Tales, which was sold as an ABC Audio tape.

Geason's short story, 'Green Murder', appeared in Women on the Case, an crime anthology edited by Sara Paretsky, published in the US and the UK. Her stories have also appeared and in a number of Australian anthologies, including Crimes for a Summer Christmas, Moonlight Becomes Her and Shadow Alley, a collection of crime stories for teenagers. Aint Misbehavin', her essay on fictional female Private Eyes was published in the anthology Killing Women. Her crime stories have also appeared in German newspapers and anthologies.

For children, she has written two non-fiction books, Great Australian Girls and Australian Heroines, published by ABC Children’s books in 1999 and 2002. Her fiction for children includes All Fall Down, Death of a Princess and Flight of the Falcon, published by Little Hare.”


Short Story Collections & Novels

Shaved Fish, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 1990

Dogfish, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 1991

Shark Bait, Allen & & Unwin, Sydney 1993

Wildfire, Random House Australia, Sydney 1995/ Readers Digest Select Editions, Australasia, Sydney 1997

Readers Digest Select Editions, Australasia, Sydney 1997

Young Adult Books

All Fall Down, Little Hare 2005

Death of a Princess, Little Hare, 2000/Scholastic America 2006/Rageot Editeur 2008

Flight of the Falcon, Little Hare 2006

Rebel Girl, ABC Books 2007

Great Australian Girls, ABC Books, North Sydney 1999

Australian Heroines, ABC Books, North Sydney 2001



Fish im Tr¸ben, (Shaved Fish), transl. Hen Herrmans & Henner L–ffler, Haffmans Verlag, Munich, 1994

Fish vor die Hunde (Dogfish), transl. Barbara Jung, Haffmans Verlag, Munich, 1995

Sharkbait, Haffmans Verlag, Zurich 1998

Buschfeuer, Heyne Verlag, Munich 1998

'Der Sohn des Pornohandlers,' in Haffmans Krimi Jahresband 1994, Haffmans Verlag, Zurich


Dogfish: eaux troubles ý Sydney, L'Aube Noire, Èditions de l'Aube, La Tour d'Aigues, 1996

Sharkbait, L'Aube Noire, Èditions de l'Aube, La Tour d'Aigues, 1998

La Ville en Flammes, l’Aube Noire Editions de l’Aube, 2001


Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish

Wildfire, Readers Digest Select Editions

Stories in Anthologies

'An Old Husbands' Tale' in More Crimes for a Summer Christmas, ed. Stephen Knight, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 1991

'Aint Misbehavin' in Killing Women: Rewriting Detective Fiction (essays on feminism and the PI genre), ed. Delys Bird, Angus & Roberstson, Sydney 1993

'Conflict of Interest' in Moonlight Becomes You: Crimes for Summer 6, ed. Jean Bedford, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 1995.

'Totally Devoted' in Shadow Alley (crime for teenagers), compiled by Lucy Sussex, Omnibus Books, Sydney 1995

'Green Murder' in Women on the Case, ed. Sara Paretsky, Delacorte, NY 1996 Virago, London 1997

'Sybilla of the Fires' in Overland 138, Autumn 1995.


Short Stories in

Australian Penthouse

Billy Blue Magazine

Sun-Herald Newspaper

Tages Anzeiger, Zurich

Australasian Post Magazine


Crime Prevention: Theory & Practice, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, PreventingCar Theft, Preventing Graffiti & Vandalism, Preventing Retail Crime, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra 1988-1991

Regarding Jane Eyre, ed. Susan Geason, Vintage/Random House, Sydney 1997

Great Australian Girls, ABC Books, North Sydney 1999

Australian Heroines, ABC Books, North Sydney 2001


Fish Tales, based on Shaved Fish, ABC Audio Crime Fiction Series, 1993



1996 Wildfire short-listed for Ned Kelly Australian Crime Novel Award

1991 Shaved Fish short-listed for the Steele Rudd short story award

1988 Highly recommended in Canberra Times short story competition

1985 Co-winner of the Cleminger/Billy Blue Magazine short story award

1985 Australian Writers & Art Directors Award


Kathleen Mitchell award for Australian writers under 30, 1999 to 2006

HarperCollins Fiction Prize 1997

Sisters in Crime Queen of Crime Award for short mystery stories 1999


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