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David Cox grew up in outback Queensland where he spent some years working on sheep and cattle stations. At the age of twenty-one he set off to England to study art at St Martins School of Art. His first illustration commission was with Puffin Books in the UK that same year.After eight years in the UK and Europe, David returned to Australia and worked in the newspaper industry, writing articles, book reviews and art reviews and contributing illustrations. In 1978, he was awarded the Walkeley Award for newspaper illustration.David Cox has won awards for illustration in Australia and the USA. He now works as a full-time illustrator and writer and lives in Brisbane.