John Flanagan (author)

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John Flanagan
Flanagan in 2012
Flanagan in 2012
BornJohnathan Tony Flanagan
(1944-05-22) 22 May 1944 (age 74)
Sydney, Australia
GenreFantasy, Adventure
Notable worksRanger's Apprentice
SpouseLeonie Flanagan[1]
ChildrenMichael Flanagan[2]
Kitty Flanagan
Penny Flanagan

John Anthony Flanagan (born 22 May 1944) is an Australian fantasy author best known for his children's books. His best-known works are the Ranger's Apprentice medieval fantasy novels and its companion series Brotherband Chronicles. He also writes novels for adults.

John Flanagan grew up in Sydney suburb of Clovelly, New South Wales Clovelly and attended Waverley College,Mark McEvoy, Australia hoping to be a writer. It wasn't until he wrote a very uncomplimentary poem about a senior executive at the agency where he worked, that his talent was revealed.

Flanagan started working on what would become Ranger's Apprentice in the 1990s, originally comprising twenty short stories for his twelve-year-old son Michael. Flanagan wanted to encourage his son to read, as well as show him that heroes, like the main character Will, don't have to be big and strong; Michael was a small boy, and all his friends were bigger and stronger than he was. In the early 2000s, John decided to make the stories into the first novel The Ruins of Gorlan.[3] This was published in 2004, when he was 60.[4] There are currently twelve books in the Ranger's Apprentice series.

In 2008, he won the Australian Publishers Association's Book of the Year for "Older Children and the International Success Award" for Erak's Ransom.[5]

The series has become steadily more popular. They are being sold in more than eighteen countries, appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers List and are regularly shortlisted for children's book awards in Australia and overseas.

His writing influences include Ed McBain, David Eddings, C. S. Forester,Patrick O'Brian, and James Lee Burke.[6]


Ranger's Apprentice[edit]

  1. The Ruins of Gorlan (2004)
  2. The Burning Bridge (2005)
  3. The Icebound Land (2005)
  4. Oakleaf Bearers (2006) (The Battle for Skandia in the US)
  5. The Sorcerer in the North (2006) (The Sorcerer of the North in the US)
  6. The Siege of Macindaw (2007)
  7. Erak's Ransom (2007)
  8. The Kings of Clonmel (2008)
  9. Halt's Peril (2009)
  10. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (2010)
  11. The Lost Stories (2011)

Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years[edit]

  1. The Tournament at Gorlan (2015)
  2. The Battle of Hackham Heath (2016)

Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger[edit]

  1. A New Beginning (2013)
  2. The Red Fox Clan (2018)
  3. Duel At Araluen (2019)


  1. The Outcasts (2011)
  2. The Invaders (2012)
  3. The Hunters (2012)
  4. Slaves of Socorro (2014)
  5. Scorpion Mountain (2014)
  6. The Ghostfaces (2016)
  7. The Caldera (2017)

Jesse Parker[edit]

  1. Storm Peak (2009)
  2. Avalanche Pass (2010)

Adult novels[edit]

  1. The Grey Raider (2015)

Personal life[edit]

John lives with his wife, Leonie, in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly, New South Wales. He is currently writing further titles in the Brotherband series. In addition to their son, they have two grown daughters and four grandsons.


  1. ^ Random House Australia – John Flanagan, retrieved 29 December 2009
  2. ^ "John Flanagan at IMDb". Retrieved 3 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Random House UK – John Flanagan". Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  4. ^ Mark McEvoy, "Sea adventures a new tack for children's author", Sunday Age, 5 July 2015, m16
  5. ^ "Brooks wins Book of the Year award", The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 June 2008
  6. ^ John Flanagan interview – Penguin Group (USA), retrieved 29 December 2009

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