Michael Robotham

Crime Writer

Michael Robotham was born in Casino, New South Wales, and went to school in Gundagai and Coffs Harbour. In February 1979 he began a journalism cadetship on the Sydney afternoon newspaper The Sun and later worked for The Sydney Morning Herald as a court reporter and police roundsman.

In 1986, he left Australia and went to London where he worked as a reporter and sub-editor for various UK national newspapers before becoming a staff feature writer on The Mail on Sunday in 1989.

In November 1993 he accepted his first ghostwriting commission, helping Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys to pen her autobiography ‘Empty Cradles‘.
Published in 1994, it told the story of how she uncovered the truth behind Britain’s Child Migrant Program which saw more than 100,000 children sent abroad between 1850 and 1967 and established the Child Migrant Trust to reunite children with their families.
In 2011 ‘Empty Cradles’ became the basis of the film ‘Oranges and Sunshine‘.


In 1996 Michael returned to Australia with his family and continued writing full-time.
In 2002, a partial manuscript of his first novel, The Suspect, became the subject of a bidding war at the London Book Fair.
It was later translated into 24 languages and sold over a million copies around the world.

His books have since won, or been shortlisted for numerous awards including the UK Gold Dagger and US Edgar Award

Four of Michael’s ‘Joe O’Loughlin novels’ have been turned into TV movies in Germany and an English language TV series is in development.

His standalone novels ‘Life or Death‘ and ‘The Secret She Keeps’ have also been optioned for film and TV projects in the US and UK.

Michael’s latest book “The Other Wife” was published on June 26th, 2018.