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Peter Doyle is an author of fiction and non-fiction books. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from UTS and a PhD from Macquarie University. He is a musician with a long association with the Sydney blues, rockabilly, country and pub rock scenes. He is also a (sometimes) exhibiting visual artist.

Peter's books include the novels The Big Whatever (2015), Get Rich Quick (1996), Amaze Your Friends (1998) and The Devil's Jump (2001) and the non-fiction titles Echo and reverb: fabricating space in popular music recording, 1900-1960 (2005), City of Shadows (2005) and Crooks Like Us, (2009). He has also written essays, feature articles, reviews and short pieces for Meanjin, Heat, The Conversation, The BulletinHQ and The Sydney Morning Herald and has been a columnist for Max and Sydney City Hub.

He is the winner of two Ned Kelly Awards, (for Best First Crime Novel, 1997, and Best Crime Novel, 1998). In 2011 he received a Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award.

In the early 2000s Peter worked as a guest curator at the Justice & Police Museum in Sydney, for whom he curated the exhibitions 'Crimes of Passion' (2002-2003) and 'City of Shadows: inner city crime and mayhem, 1912-1948' which examined inner-Sydney in the first half of the twentieth century via police crime and accident scene photographs. That work led to the publication City of shadows: Sydney police photographs, 1912-1948, and in 2009, Crooks Like Us. In 2013 Peter curated the exhibition Suburban Noir at the Museum of Sydney.

In 2015 he curated a major exhibition at the State Library of NSW, Pulp Confidential: Quick and Dirty Publishing from the 40s and 50s and in 2018 presented Peter Chapman Cover Art at Macquarie University Gallery.  

Peter has made short films, including Slasher Patrol, a documentary which goes behind the scenes in the so-called ‘Kingsgrove Slasher’ case of 1959.

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