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Authors

Di Morrissey

Readers always ask me how I started writing and where did my ideas come from? Although I have always enjoyed telling and writing stories, it was a long journey to become a published and successful author.

I was born in Wingham in the Manning Valley NSW and at five moved to Pittwater, a remote and magical part of Sydney, which in those days was populated by rather bohemian characters. One of...

Michael Mosley

Michael trained as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London and after qualifying joined the BBC as a trainee assistant producer. Over the last 25 years he has made numerous science and history documentaries for the BBC, first behind the camera, more recently as a presenter. He was executive producer of QED, Trust Me I’m a Doctor and Superhuman. He worked with John...

Rob Mundle

Rob Mundle established his international identity as an author in 1999 with his gripping factual account of one of the world’s most dramatic sporting tragedies, the 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. His book, Fatal Storm, became an international bestseller. It is published in six languages and has sold well over 200,000 copies – a remarkable achievement for this category in...

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami was born in Kyoto in 1949. Following the publication of his first novel in Japanese in 1979, he sold the jazz bar he ran with his wife and became a full-time writer.

It was with the publication of Norwegian Wood – which has to date sold more than 4 million copies in Japan alone – that the author was truly catapulted into the limelight. Known for his...

Jo Nesbø

A Norwegian author and musician, Jo Nesbø has sold more than one and a half million copies of his novels in Norway alone. Critically acclaimed and praised for his in-depth knowledge and psychological insights, Nesbø is considered to be a leading crime and thriller novelist in Europe. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages for a worldwide readership. Predominantly famous for...

Luke Nguyen

At the age of 23, Luke fulfilled his dream by opening his very own restaurant - Red Lantern, along with his partner Suzanna Boyd, sister Pauline Nguyen and Mark Jensen. In 2012, the team opened their second restaurant, Red Lantern on Riley & Red Lily Cocktail Bar.

In 2010 he partnered with Echo Entertainment group to create Fat Noodle- a contemporary casual dining restaurant.

Luke is...

Judy Nunn

Judy Nunn's career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted. After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided in the 90s to turn her hand to prose. 

Her first three novels, The Glitter GameCentre Stage and Araluen, set respectively in the worlds of television, theatre and film, became...

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is a phenomenon in the world of food. He is one of the world's best-loved television personalities and one of Britain's most famous exports. Jamie has had huge success with television series The Naked Chef (BBC), Jamie's Kitchen, Jamie's School Dinners, Jamie's Great Italian Escape, Return to School Dinners, Jamie's Chef, Jamie at Home , Jamie's Ministry...

Alice Oseman

Alice Oseman is an award-winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter, and was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She has written four YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: Solitaire, Radio Silence, I Was Born for This, and Loveless. She is the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic Heartstopper, which is now published in physical form by Hachette Children’s Group, and she is the...

Yotam Ottolenghi

Based in the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen in Holloway, Yotam spends much of his time creating and testing recipes for his column in the Guardian, on-going cookery books and programmes for television. When he is not creating and cooking, testing, tasting and tweaking, he is overseeing the day-to-day running of the shops and restaurant. This involves more testing, tasting and tweaking so when he is not...

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...

Ann Patchett

ANN PATCHETT is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magician’s Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories, 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction–Truth & Beauty, about her friendship with the writer Lucy Grealy, What Now? an expansion of her graduation address at Sarah...

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...

Dav Pilkey

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. He was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books—the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.

Since then, Dav has written and illustrated a...