Gary Crew

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Gary Crew
Born (1947-09-23) 23 September 1947 (age 69)
Brisbane, Queensland
Occupation Writer
Alma mater University of the Sunshine Coast
Genre Children's books, young adult fiction

Gary David Crew (born 23 September 1947) is an Australian writer of young adult fiction.


Gary Crew was born in Brisbane, Queensland on 23 September 1947. An illness during childhood kept him home from school but enabled him to develop an interest in reading adventure stories.[1]

Crew first trained as a design draftsman and he worked in this field for ten years. When he decided to become a teacher, his family responsibilities prevented him from accepting an art scholarship and he trained as an English teacher instead. While teaching, he also gained a Master of Arts in Literature from Queensland University.

Crew was prompted to begin writing in order to provide relevant reading material for his school students. In 1986, he published his first novel, The Inner Circle and, by 1989, he had left teaching to write full time. Since then, he has written numerous books and won many awards. He has specialised in the areas of Teenage Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Children’s Picture Books.[1]

Crew and his wife Christine have three children, Rachel, Sarah, and Joel. Their daughters both have law degrees and Joel is a professional golfer and golf club manager.[2]

Crew and Christine live in the mountains of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Crew is a graduate of the University of the Sunshine Coast and is now an Associate Professor there; he lectures in Creative Writing.


Crew has won the Australian Children's Book of the Year on four occasions.[3]

Children's Book of the Year Award: Older Readers

Children's Book of the Year Award: Picture Book

Alan Marshall Prize for Children's Literature[1]

New South Wales Premier's Award[1]


  • The Inner Circle (1986)
  • Strange Objects (1990)
  • No Such Country (1991)
  • The Last Cabinet for compilation of stories "The Blue Dress" (1991)
  • Lucy's Bay (1992) (with Gregory Rogers)
  • Tracks (1992) (with Gregory Rogers)
  • The House of Tomorrow (1992)
  • The Well (After Dark series, 1992) (with Narelle Oliver)
  • Angel's Gate (1994)
  • Inventing Anthony West (1994)
  • The Bent Back Bridge (After Dark series, 1994)
  • The Watertower series
  • The Barn (After Dark series, 1995)
  • Emu Parade (1995) (with Viva La Wombat, Illustrator)
  • Dark house: stories (1995) (compiled by Gary Crew)
  • The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie (1995) (with Peter Gouldthorpe)
  • The Figures of Julian Ashcroft (1996) (with Hans de Hass, Illustrator)
  • Caleb (1996) (with Steve Woolman)
  • Crew's 13 : classic tales of the macabre & fantastic (1997) (with Shaun Tan, Illustrator)
  • The Blue Feather (1997) (with Michael O' Hara)
  • The Viewer (1997) (with Shaun Tan, Illustrator)
  • Force of Evil (1998) (with Shaun Tan), Illustrator)
  • Troy Thompson's excellent peotry [sic] book (1998) (with Craig Smith)[4]
  • The Fort (After Dark series, 1998) (with Gregory Rogers)
  • The Windmill Trilogy series
    • The Windmill (1998) (with Steve Woolman, Illustrator)
    • The Cave (1999) (with Steve Woolman, Illustrator)
    • The Survivors (1999) (with Steve Woolman, Illustrator)
  • The Grandstand (After Dark series, 1999) (with Peter Hollard)
  • Memorial (1999) (with Shaun Tan, Illustrator)
  • Troy Thompson's radical prose folio (2000) (with Craig Smith)
  • Dear Venny, Dear Saffron (2000) (with Libby Hathorn)
  • Edward Britton (2000)
  • Leo the Lion Tamer (2000) (with Leigh Hobbs)
  • In My Father's Room (2000) (with Annmarie Scott)
  • Mama's Babies (1998)
  • The Grandstand (2000)
  • Gino the genius (2000) (with James Cattell, Illustrator)
  • Valley of Bones (2000) (with Mark Wilson)
  • Cruel Nest (2001)
  • The Rainbow (2001) (with Gregory Rogers)
  • Arno the Garbo (2001) (with Craig Smith, Illustrator)
  • The Kraken (2001) (with Marc McBride, Illustrator)
  • Gothic Hospital (2001)
  • The Castaways of the Charles Eaton (2002) (with Mark Wilson)
  • Quetta (2002) (with Bruce Whatley)
  • The diviner's son (2002)
  • Old Ridley (2002) (with Marc McBride, Illustrator)
  • I saw nothing: the extinction of the Thylacine (2003)
  • Cabinets of Curiosity (2003)
  • The Viewer (2003) (with Shaun Tan, Illustrator)
  • I Said Nothing: The Extinction of the Paradise Parrot (2003) (with Mark Wilson, Illustrator)
  • I Did Nothing: The Extinction of the Gastric-Brooding Frog (2004) (with Mark Wilson, Illustrator)
  • In the Wake of the Mary Celeste (2004) (with Robert Ingpen)
  • Pig on the Titanic: A True Story (2004) (with Bruce Whatley, Illustrator)
  • Me and my dog (2005)
  • The Lace Maker's Daughter (2005)
  • Young Murphy: A Boy's Adventure (2005) (with Mark Wilson, Illustrator)
  • The Lantern (2005) (with Bruce Whatley, Illustrator)
  • The Mystery of Eilean Mor (2005) (with Jeremy Geddes, Illustrator)
  • The Plague of Quentaris (2005)
  • Sam Silverthorne : Quest (2005)
  • Sam Silverthorne : Menace (2006)
  • Sam Silverthorne : Victory (2007)
  • Stolen children of Quentaris (2006)
  • Automaton (2006) (with Aaron Hill, Illustrator)
  • The Saw Doctor (2006) (with David Cox, Illustrator)
  • The End of the Line (2007)
  • The Truth about Emma (2007)
  • Cat on the Island (2007) (with Gillian Warden)
  • The End of the Line (2008) (with Gregory Rogers)
  • Finding Home (2009) (with Suzy Boyer)
  • The Children's Writer (2009)
  • The Serpent's Tale (2010) (with Matt Ottley, Illustrator)
  • Damon (2011) (with Aaron Hill, Illustrator)
  • The Architecture of Song (2012)
  • In the Beech Forest (2012) (with Den Scheer, Illustrator)
  • The boy who grew into a tree (2013) (with Ross Watkins, Illustrator)
  • The Cuckoo (2014) ( with Naomi Turvey, Illustrator)
  • Voicing the dead (2015)
  • The Visions of Ichabod X (2015) (with Paul O'Sullivan, Illustrator)

'Timing the Machine' (2016) (With Paul O'Sullivan, Illustrator)


  1. ^ a b c d "Gary Crew (1947-) Biography". Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Gary Crew". CBCA Queensland. 2 December 2008. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Gary Crew | Harbour Publishing House - Ulladulla". Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  4. ^ Crew, Gary; Smith, Craig. Troy Thompson's Excellent Peotry book. Kane/Miller. ISBN 9781929132522. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 

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