Christobel Mattingley

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Christobel Mattingley
Born1931 (1931)
Brighton, South Australia
Died (aged 87)
Glenside, South Australia
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania

Christobel Rosemary Mattingley AM (1931 – 1 June 2019)[1][2] was an award-winning Australian author of books for children and adults.[3] Her book Rummage won the Children's Book of the Year Award: Younger Readers and Children's Book of the Year Award: Picture Book in 1982. In the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours Mattingley was made a Member of the Order of Australia for "service to literature, particularly children's literature, and for community service through her commitment to social and cultural issues".[4]

Her last book was Maralinga's long shadow: Yvonne's story, which was published in 2016[5] and won the 2017 the Young People's History Prize at the NSW Premier's History Awards.[6]


Children's books[edit]

  • Mattingley, Christobel (1970). The picnic dog. Illustrated by Carolyn Dinan. London: Hamish Hamilton.
  • Mattingley, Christobel (1973). Queen of the Wheat Castles. Leicester, UK: Brockhampton Press.
  • Mattingley, Christobel (1981). Rummage. Illustrated by Patricia Mullins. Sydney: Angus & Robertson.
  • Mattingley, Christobel (2016). Maralinga's long shadow : Yvonne's story. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
  • Mattingley, Christobel (1975). Lizard Log. Illustrated by Helen Sallis. Australia: Hodder & Stoughton.

Young adult books[edit]

  • Mattingley, Christobel (1993). No Gun for Asmir. Melbourne: Text Publishing.
  • Mattingley, Christobel (1996). Escape from Sarajevo.[7]

Adult non-fiction[edit]

  • *Mattingley, Christobel (2002). King of the Wilderness: The Life of Deny King. Melbourne: Text Publishing.

Essays and reporting[edit]


  1. ^ "RiP Christobel Mattingley". Books+Publishing. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Christobel MATTINGLEY Death Notice - Glenside, South Australia". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  3. ^ Austlit. "Christobel Mattingley". Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Christobel Rosemary Mattingley". Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  5. ^ Mattingley, Christobel; Edwards, interviewee.), Yvonn (2016). Maralinga's long shadow : Yvonne's story. Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-76029-017-7.
  6. ^ "Winners of the 2017 NSW Premier's History Awards announced". Books & Publishing. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  7. ^ Mattingley, Christobel (1996). Escape from Sarajevo. Ringwood, Vic. : Puffin Books. ISBN 0140375252.