Ivan Southall (Author)

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Ivan Southall (Photo credit: John Lamb)

Photo credit: John Lamb

Ivan Southall was born in Melbourne in 1921. His father's death forced him to leave school at the age of 14 and begin working full time to support his family. During his spare time he wrote short stories (some of which were published) and completed four books before the age of 20. When the Second World War began he joined the RAAF, trained as a pilot and eventually became the captain of a Sunderland flying boat, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. After the war, Southall went to London and wrote war history for two years. In 1947 he returned to Australia and became a freelance writer. Southall's first children's book, Meet Simon Black was published by Angus and Robertson in 1950. This was the beginning of the Simon Black adventure series and was followed by eight more titles over the next 10 years, each drawn from his wartime flying experiences. In 1966 Ash Road won the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Award and Southall really came into his own as a children's writer. Numerous editions of his many books have appeared throughout the world in over 20 languages. Over the next 30 years he and his books received multiple honours and awards here in Australia and also in England, Japan, Holland, Austria, the United States, and Spain. Southall has travelled extensively and has lectured about children's books in many parts of Australia and overseas. In 1981 Southall was appointed to the Order of Australia. and in 1993 was the recipient of an Emeritus Award.

Ivan Southall passed away in November 2008.

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Book Cover:  Ash Road: Text Classics

It's hot, dry and sweaty on Ash Road , where Graham, Harry and Wallace are getting their first taste of independence, camping, just the three of them. When they accidentally light a bushfire no one would have guessed how far it would go. All along Ash Road fathers go off to fight the fires and mothers help in the first aid centres. The children of Prescott are left alone, presumed safe, until it's...

It's hot, dry and sweaty on Ash Road , where Graham, Harry and Wallace are getting their first taste of independence, camping, just the three of them. When they accidentally light a bushfire no one would...

Published: 25/09/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922147493
RRP: $12.95
Book Cover:  Hills End: Text Classics

On a fateful day in Hills End, a timber-milling town in the mountains of Victoria, seven children and their teacher set off to explore caves in the nearby mountains said to contain ancient Aboriginal rock art. While they are deep inside the mountain caves a storm of tremendous violence all but sweeps the town away and threatens to leave them stranded on the mountain.Tackling flooded creeks...

On a fateful day in Hills End, a timber-milling town in the mountains of Victoria, seven children and their teacher set off to explore caves in the nearby mountains said to contain ancient Aboriginal rock...

Published: 22/05/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922147004
RRP: $12.95
Book Cover:  Josh: Children's Classic Series
Hurry along boy, don't sit there like a fool. That's not the Plowman way.

From the minute Josh steps off the train at Ryan Creek, he knows that fitting in is going to be hard work. Maybe that s because he's a Plowman, which in Ryan Creek is the next best thing to being royalty.

Josh doesn t know anyone, and no one really knows him. So why does the entire town have expectations of him? Expectations...

Hurry along boy, don't sit there like a fool. That's not the Plowman way.

From the minute Josh steps off the train at Ryan Creek, he knows that fitting in is going to be hard work. Maybe that s because...

Published: 01/05/2006
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780702235634
RRP: $19.95

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