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Peter Docker


Peter Docker was born in Narrogin, Western Australia, the son of a motor mechanic, and grew up on remote Lort River Station, Coomalbidgup. He studied writing at Curtin University in Perth, and acting at The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne. As well as an extensive career on stage, he has published three full-length literary works and a number of short stories, and has written for stage and radio.  In 2021, he received development funding from Screenwest to adapt his novel, The Waterboys, for a television series.


Docker writes about the coming together, or not, of the truth and the lies in Australia, about Australia's search for its truth, about the myriad of ways that anyone can look into their heart - and find love.


Docker’s third novel, Sweet One (2014) follows Someone Else's Country (2005) and The Waterboys (2011). These three works constitute the War Zones Trilogy.  Docker is now moving on to much less bloody pastures.

Sweet One

Published 2014  Fremantle Press, Australia


‘This extraordinary novel combines the grip and pull of a good thriller with the complexity, intelligence and passion of a writer with plenty to say and exceptional talent to say it’.   Sydney Morning Herald

The Waterboys

Published 2011  Fremantle Press, Australia


‘…a fine  example of speculative fiction. Similar to Orwell’s 1984, it takes a contemporary theme and creates a world both familiar and different to our own.  This is a finely written book, enjoyable to read.  Four stars.     Bookseller + Publisher

Someone Else's Country

Published 2009  Fremantle Press, Australia


‘…a powerful historical document …’        Australian Book Review

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