Ian Bone (author)

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Ian Bone
Nationality Australian
Occupation Author
For the British anarchist, see Ian Bone.

Ian Bone (born 1956) is an Australian writer, author and novelist.


Born in Geelong, Victoria in 1956, Ian Bone has authored over twenty-five books, which have been commended and shortlisted in numerous awards, including the NSW Premier's Award, the Ned Kelly Awards for crime fiction (twice) and the Family Awards for Children's Literature. He has nine titles that have been included in the Notable Books list by the Children's Book Council of Australia, including Sleep Rough Tonight, published in 2004. His novel The Song of an Innocent Bystander was shortlisted for the South Australian Festival Awards for Literature, the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards, was nominated for inclusion on the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults list, and is being adapted by a major Australian film director into a feature film.

He has also been working on children's television programs for ABC TV including Play School, Swap Shop, Couch Potato and Finders Keepers.

Ian's work is published in the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and Korea. A graduate of the Australian Film and Television School, he has made many award-winning TV programs, and creates online educational programs and e-learning for tertiary students in his spare time. He is married with three children, and lives in Adelaide.


  • Philomena Wonderpen is a Teeny Weeny Doll (Puffin Books, 2007)
  • Philomena Wonderpen is a Very Naughty Teacher (Puffin Books, 2006)
  • Love Cuts (Young Adult, Penguin Books, 2006)
  • Sleep Rough Tonight (Young Adult, Penguin Books, 2004)
  • The Song of an Innocent Bystander (Young Adult, Penguin Books Australia, 2002, Dutton USA 2004)
  • Geständnis Einer Unschuldigen (German edition of 'The Song of an Innocent Bystander' – Ravensburger Buchverlag, 2002)
  • That Dolphin Thing (Upper Primary & Secondary, Puffin, 2001)
  • Ich Hab Dir Meer Versprochen (German edition of 'That Dolphin Thing' – Ravensburger Buchverlag, 2004)
  • Tin Soldiers (Young Adult, Lothian Books, 2000)
  • Spy Babies (Middle & Upper Primary, Lothian Books, 2000)
  • Fat Boy Saves World (Young Adult, Lothian Books 1998)
  • Scarlets Bat' (Puffin Books, 2004)
  • A Dangerous Secret (Book No. 1 of 'Vidz' – Random House Australia & Delacorte Press USA, 2003)
  • Time Trap (Book No. 2 of 'Vidz' – Random House Australia & Delacorte Press USA, 2003)
  • The Quivering Spy (Book No. 3 of 'Vidz' – Random House Australia 2004)
  • The X Factor (Book No. 4 of 'Vidz' – Random House Australia 2004)
  • Winning Back Dad (Middle Primary Readers – Walker Books UK & Australia, 1999)
  • Baby Days (Picture book – Omnibus Books)
  • Dancing Night Tonight (Picture book – Scholastic Australia)


The Song of an Innocent Bystander was shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia: Older Readers award, 2003 and was nominated for the American Librarians Association's "Best Book for Young Adults" list, 2004.

  • APA Book design Awards – Young Adult Division – Winner – 2005 for Sleep Rough Tonight
  • S.A. Festival Award for Literature – Young Adult Division – Shortlisted – 2004 for The Song of an Innocent Bystander
  • APA Book Design Awards – Shortlisted – 2004 for Sleep Rough Tonight
  • CBC Book of the Year – Older Readers – Shortlisted – 2003 for The Song of an Innocent Bystander
  • NSW Premier's Literary awardsEthel Turner Prize – Shortlisted – 2002 for Tin Soldiers
  • Family Awards for Children's Literature – Commendation – 2000 for Winning Back Dad

Multimedia producer[edit]

Ian has also been working as multimedia producer creating online e-learning programs for a variety of clients, including the Digital media dept of the South Australian Women and Children's Hospital.

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