Sulari Gentill

Award-winning author Sulari Gentill set out to study astrophysics, ended up graduating in law, and later abandoned her legal career to write books instead of contracts. When the mood takes her, she paints, although she maintains that she does so only well enough to know that she should write.

She grows French black truffles on her farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of NSW, which she shares with her young family and several animals.

Sulari is author of award-winning Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, a series of historical crime fiction novels set in the 1930s about Rowland Sinclair, the gentleman artist-cum-amateur-detective. 

The first in the series A Few Right Thinking Men was shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book. A Decline in Prophets, the second in the series, won the Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Fiction.  Miles Off Course was released in early 2012,  Paving the New Road was released in late 2012 and was shortlisted for the Davitt Award for best crime fiction 2013. Gentlemen Formerly Dressed was released in November 2013. A Murder Unmentioned, the sixth book in the series released was released November 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards "Best Crime Novel" and the 2015 Davitt Awards "Best Adult Book". The latest installment in the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, Give the Devil his Duewas released in 2015.

For most of September 2015, Sulari will be taking up residence at the reinvigorated Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, and working at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, as she has just accepted the position Eminent Writer-in-Residence as offered to her by the ACT Writers' Centre.

Under the name S.D. Gentill, Sulari also writes a fantasy adventure series called The Hero Trilogy.  All three books in the trilogy, Chasing Odysseus, Trying War and The Blood of Wolves are out now, and are available as a gift pack.

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Australian Book Review

"It takes a talented writer to imbue history with colour and vivacity. It is all the more impressive when the author creates a compelling narrative...First-time author Sulari Gentill creates vivid characters throughout...put simply, Gentill shows great understanding of both craft and structure... "

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The Australian Women's Weekly

"Sulari Gentill has perfected the art of throwing her characters into the political and economic struggles of the time..."

The Australian

"...amazingly prolific a style that has been compared with Evelyn Waugh...she has been likened to master-plotter Agatha Christie..."

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Lindfield Bookshop

"... was blown away by the excitement and the history. Nancy Wake, Somerset Maugham & the rise of Nazi Germany...kept me gripped from page 1 to the end. The Rowly Sinclair series just gets better and better." (Scott Whitmont)

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Marele Day, award-winning novelist

''Witty dialogue, lively characters, and a shrewd political awareness of the times.'


"[the Rowland Sinclair series] - light and charming read full of adventure and humour... Better yet, it is consistently clever. One of the best aspects of this series is the imaginative way in which the author plays with the historical setting. Gentill is a master at seamlessly weaving real historical figures into her plot. This can be a dangerous conceit when not handled properly... Luckily, Gentill knows just how to blend fact and fiction together in a way that is not only completely believable but so delightfully inventive as to provide endless treats for history buffs... When all is said and done, I cannot recommend the Rowland Sinclair novels enough... a great series... Anyone with a taste for classic crime writers like Agatha ChristieDorothy L. Sayers and Ngaio Marsh is bound to fall in love with Rowland Sinclair..." (Sarah McDuling)

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"Gentill has written an immensely readable first novel... Get used to her name. We are going to be hearing a lot more of it." 

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Sydney Morning Herald

"... a promising new series set in 1930s Sydney about a character who is a little like a male Phryne Fisher. Rowland Sinclair is a gentleman artist who comes from a privileged background but whose sympathies are with bohemians, lefties and ratbags... rich political and cultural... Gentill has a lot of fun with a hero who is always getting paint on his immaculate tailoring."

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Newsbite (NSW Writers' Centre)

"... Gentill transforms Greek mythology into a page turning, fantasy adventure novel for today's audience... fast-paced, well crafted... witty prose... you'll be hooked and unable to put it down until the last page... don't miss out on this brilliant read" (Kathy Sorrenson)

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Ozzie Book Reviews

"Sulari captures the heart of Australia, highlighting a mad period of her history in a fictional story that is intriguing and entertaining. Her characters appeal to the reader while instructing the uninformed about the past... even if you have no interest in history, the story itself is wonderful. A murder mystery in the style of Agatha Christie, a mystery without the blood and horror of most modern authors. I will be watching with interest to see what further adventures Mr Rowland Sinclair is involved in and I look forward to reading more of Ms Gentill's works."

AWW Challenge

"The phrase “bringing history to life” is overused to the point of cliché, but this is truly what Gentill manages. It’s a fantastic achievement." (Isobelle Clare)

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ABC Radio 936

"Marvellous writing"