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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...

James Patterson

It is no surprise that in January, 2010, The New York Times Magazine featured James Patterson on its cover and hailed him as having "transformed book publishing," and that Time magazine hailed him as "The Man Who Can't Miss." Recently, NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams profiled Patterson's prolific career, AARP named him one of the "50 Most...

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 ...

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult, 43, is the bestselling author of seventeen novels, Picoult studied creative writing with Mary Morris at Princeton, and had two short stories published in Seventeen magazine while still a student. Realism - and a profound desire to be able to pay the rent - led Picoult to a series of different jobs following her graduation: as a technical writer for a Wall Street brokerage...

Karl Pilkington

Karl Pilkington (born September 23, 1972 in Manchester, England) is an English radio producer perhaps best known for producing the radio show that brought together the writers of The Office, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. 

Pilkington was initially an off-air producer of the show, which was broadcast on Xfm, but his antics and opinions soon led to him...

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix has created some of the best-loved characters in children's literature

Beatrix Potter was born in London in 1866. During her rather lonely childhood and later, as a young woman, she studied art and natural history. She acquired her love and knowledge of the countryside during family holidays, at first in Scotland and then in the Lake District. She started her career as...

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983.

In all, he is the author of over fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to...

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.

Ian Rankin

Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into twenty-two languages and are bestsellers on several continents.

Ian Rankin has been elected...

Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs’s first novel Déjà Dead catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her other Temperance Brennan novels include Death du Jour, Deadly Décisions, Fatal Voyage, Grave Secrets, Bare Bones, Monday Mourning, Cross Bones, Break No Bones, Bones to Ashes, Devil Bones, 206 Bones, Spider Bones, Flash and Bones, and...

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...

Ruth Rendell

Ruth Barbara Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE (née Grasemann; born 17 February 1930), is an English author of thrillers and psychological murder mysteries.

Rendell’s best-known creation, Chief Inspector Wexford, is the hero of many popular police stories, some of them successfully adapted for TV. But Rendell has also generated a separate brand of crime-fiction that explores...

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint...

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 ...

Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. "I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever," she says now. After her sons...

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...

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire. After getting his BA Honours Degree in English Literature at the University of Leeds, he came to Canada and took his MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, with Joyce Carol Oates as his tutor, then a PhD in English at York University. He has taught at a number of Toronto community colleges and universities and served as...