Allan Baillie (Author)

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Allan Baillie

Allan Baillie was born in Scotland in 1943 and came to Victoria, Australia with his family when he was six. They moved to Emerald, then Geelong (he still barracks for the Cats), Drysdale, Portarlington and later Melbourne.

Allan began writing stories for fun while still at school. He is now one of Australia's most successful writers for children. His novels, which include Little Brother (1986), The China Coin (1992), Saving Abbie (2000) and Treasure Hunters (2002), have won him acclaim, awards and international recognition. His books have found success in Japan, Sweden, Holland, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand and South Africa. His most recent books for Penguin include a collection of short stories, A Taste of Cockroach (2005) and Castles (2005), a superb picture book for young children, illustrated by Caroline Magerl. Allan's most recent novel, Krakatoa Lighthouse, won the 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Patricia Wrightson Award. Outpost is his forthcoming novel, and he is currently working on the next two after that.

Allan spends most of his time with his wife Agnes in Avalon, north of Sydney, but they travel regularly to far-flung places, including Anak Krakatoa, the Son of Krakatoa, which they climbed during a quiet period.

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Book Cover: A Taste of Cockroach
Published: 02/05/2005
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742283142
Price: $12.99
Book Cover: A Taste of Cockroach
Yates was cautiously lifting a cooked and curried crescent to his mouth. He stopped and looked at Pettit. 'It's a cockroach,' he said. 'I'm going to eat it.'
'What in hell for?'
Yates was cautiously lifting a cooked and curried crescent to his mouth. He stopped and looked at Pettit. 'It's a cockroach,' he said. 'I'm going to eat it.'
'What in hell for?'
Published: 13/01/2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143003373
RRP: $17.99
Book Cover:  Cat's Mountain
Published: 06/02/2006
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742282503
Price: $12.99
Book Cover:  Krakatoa Lighthouse

Suddenly there was a trench across the beach, about ten meters away from the fishermen, where before there had been nothing but flat sand.  The fishermen moved quickly away as the trench heaved grey ash across the sand.  They sprinted when it hurled black rocks at them.

Kerta didn't want to go to Krakatoa.

He knows that a dark spirit, Orang Aljeh, is there and he is terrified he might wake...


Suddenly there was a trench across the beach, about ten meters away from the fishermen, where before there had been nothing but flat sand.  The fishermen moved quickly away as the trench heaved grey...

Published: 02/03/2009
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780143303596
RRP: $17.95
Book Cover:  Krakatoa Lighthouse
Published: 02/03/2009
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781742285122
Price: $12.99

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18 Sep 2014
Young novelist Majok Tulba announced as winner of 2014 Kathleen Mitchell Award
Sudanese-Australian writer goes back to his roots to deliver a dark and moving story 17 September 2014 Majok Tulba has been announced as the 2014 winner of the Kathleen Mitchell Award for young novelists.Sudanese-Australian writer Mr Tulba was presented with the award for his debut novel, Beneath the Darkening Sky, by The Trust Company, part of Perpetual, as trustee of the award.

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