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Authors: Local Australian

Fiona Palmer

I was raised in Pingaring. My Dad and Mum are contractors in town who cart grain, spread fertiliser and spray for the farmers.

The majority of my childhood weekends were spent on my Uncle and Aunty’s farm ‘Gumlea’ with my two cousins Tammy and Sandy, and my younger brother Chad.

We attended the Pingaring Primary School which closed its doors a few years later because...

Ruth Park

Born in New Zealand in 1917, Ruth spent most of her adult life in Australia. She was widely read and well-loved for her books which were as equally successful for adults as for children.

Ruth was catapulted into fame when she won the inaugural Sydney Morning Herald Literary Competition in 1946, with her novel The Harp in the South. This book has never been out of print. Her literary reputation ...

Tony Park

Tony Park has worked as a reporter, a press secretary, a PR consultant and a freelance writer. He and his wife divide their time between Sydney and southern Africa where they own a home on the border of the Kruger National Park. He is the author of ten other novels set in Africa, Far HorizonZambeziAfrican SkySafariSilent PredatorIvory, The...

Neil Perry

Neil Perry is one of Australia’s leading and most influential chefs. He has managed several quality restaurants in Sydney and today concentrates on his seven restaurants in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and Rockpool Consulting.

Neil’s career in hospitality began at Sails Restaurant at McMahons Point and in Rose Bay. Neil then became head chef at Barrenjoey Restaurant, Palm ...

Roland Perry

Roland Perry began his writing career as a journalist on The Age Melbourne from 1969 to 1973. After five years in England making documentary films, he had his first book, a novel---Program for a Puppet---published in 1979 by W.H. Allen and Hamlyn Books. It was a best-seller that was translated into eight languages. It allowed Perry to work full-time as an author. He has published twenty...

James Phelan

James Phelan was born on the 21st of May, 1979, in Melbourne, Australia. His creative spirit was nurtured from a young age, and he credits his overactive imagination to being exposed to authors such as Roald Dahl and Paul Jennings, as well as such works as The Hobbit, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Tales of the Punjab, Siddhartha, and The Little Prince.

As a teenager James discovered a love ...

Matt Preston

Matt Preston is one Australia's most loved TV presenters and food writers. He is known for his role on MasterChef Australia, as well as numerous other ongoing media appearances, and his recipes have been featured for a decade in delicious magazine and News Ltd's national 'Taste' lift-out.

Matthew Reilly

Born in Sydney in 1974, Matthew Reilly was not always a big fan of reading. It was only after he read To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the Fliesin Year 10 that he realised reading could transport you to another world. Following this revelation, Matthew soon began creating stories of his own and set about writing his first novel, Contest, at the age of 19 while still at...

Sally Rippin

Our family moved around a lot when I was young because of my father’s work. As a child I lived in Brunei, Singapore, England, Perth, Adelaide and Hong Kong. I finished my secondary studies in Melbourne then moved to Shanghai to stay with my father who was living there.

Art and English had been my favourite subjects at school so my father signed me up to do a Chinese Painting class at the ...

Geoffrey Robertson

Geoffrey Robertson QC has been counsel in many landmark cases in constitutional, criminal and media law in the courts of Britain and the commonwealth and he makes frequent appearances in the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. His recent cases include: appearing for the Wall Street Journal in Jameel v WSJ, the landmark House of Lords decision which extended a public interest...

Emily Rodda

Emily Rodda (pen name of Jennifer Rowe) grew up with her two younger brothers on Sydney's North Shore and graduated from the University of Sydney in 1973 with an MA (Hons) in English Literature. Always an avid reader, she moved naturally into a career in publishing, first as a book editor, and finally as a publisher at Angus & Robertson.

Emily Rodda’s first book,...

Sue Shepherd

Dr Sue Shepherd is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, who also has coeliac disease. Sue is regarded as an international expert in the dietary management of coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Sue heads Australia's most experienced dietitian practice, Shepherd Works, consulting to people throughout Australia and the world on all aspects of gastrointestinal nutrition. Sue's ...

Rachael Treasure

Author Rachael Treasure currently lives in southern rural Tasmania with her two young children, Rosie and Charlie.

Rachael is passionate about encouraging non-readers to read, inspiring farmers to consider regenerative agricultural practices and animal handlers to better understand their dogs and livestock.

She is a Rural Business Administration graduate of Orange Agricultural College and...

Christos Tsiolkas

Christos Tsiolkas is the author of four novels: Loaded (filmed as Head-OnThe Jesus Man and Dead Europe, which won the 2006 Age Fiction Prize and the 2006 Melbourne Best Writing Award. The Slap won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the ALS Gold Medal. He is also a playwright,...

Peter Watt

Peter Watt has spent time as a soldier, articled clerk, prawn trawler deckhand, builder's labourer, surveyor's chainman, pipe layer, real estate salesman, private investigator, police sergeant and advisor to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. He speaks, reads and writes Vietnamese and Pidgin. He now lives at Maclean, on the Clarence River in northern New South Wales. Fishing and the ...

Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson is an Australian media personality, journalist and blogger. She's the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and was one of the hosts of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. She's now the host and program developer for Foxtel's Lifestyle YOU, and is a commentator and fill-in host on Channel 7'sSunday...

Tim Winton

Born in Perth in 1960, Tim Winton is the author of thirteen books, including novels, short stories, non-fiction and books for children. He began publishing fiction in his teens and his first novel, An Open Swimmer, won the 1981 Australian/Vogel Prize. He has twice won the Miles Franklin Award, for Shallows in 1984 and for Cloudstreet in 1991, and his other awards include...

Alice Zaslavsky

Alice ‘in Frames’ Zaslavsky makes food fun. A former Middle School teacher and head of department at a top Melbourne school, she traded chalk and talk for talk and stir in 2012, competing in MasterChef Australia Series 4.

Alice now brings her message of edible adventure and positive engagement through food to people (especially little people) across the country with her writing and ...

Adriano Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo is one of Australia’s most celebrated patissiers. This country boy’s first taste of the sweet life was raiding the lollies and cake mix from his parent’s Coonamble supermarket. He began his apprenticeship at the age of 15 where his love affair with pastry flourished. His swiftly expanding empire began in 2007 with his Balmain shop front, where sugared-up locals...

Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief, which spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list, and is translated into more than forty languages - establishing Zusak as one of the most successful authors to come out of Australia.

To date, Zusak has held the number one position at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk,...