John Flanagan (author)

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John Flanagan
Flanagan in 2012
Born John Anthony Flanagan
(1944-05-22) 22 May 1944 (age 72)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality Australian
Genre Fantasy, Adventure
Notable works Ranger's Apprentice
Spouse Leonie Flanagan[1]
Children Michael 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 work is the Ranger's Apprentice novel series, which is about a boy named Will who is taken as an apprentice Ranger to the grim and mysterious Halt. They meet up with many new people, friends and foes, along their path. Together they set out on mysterious, mind-boggling adventures of a lifetime. He also writes novels for adults.


John Flanagan grew up in the Sydney suburb of Clovelly and attended Waverley College.[3] His early career was an advertising copywriter.[4] In the 1980s, with Gary Reilly, he co-created the television series Hey Dad..! and wrote 293 of its episodes; he also wrote for Hampton Court and My Two Wives.[3]

He started working on what would become Ranger's Apprentice in the 1990s, as short stories for his son Michael, who at the time was twelve. 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. In the early 2000s, he decided to make the stories into the first novel The Ruins of Gorlan.[5] This was published in 2004, when he was 60.[3] There are currently fourteen books published, and all of them have been released in the USA.

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.[6]


Ranger's Apprentice[edit]

  1. The Ruins of Gorlan (2005)
  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)
  12. The Royal Ranger (2013)

Ranger's Apprentice: The Early Years[edit]

This is a prequel series before the time of Will about Morgarath's coup and Halt and Crowly's Counter plot to save Araluen.

  1. The Tournament at Gorlan (2015)
  2. The Battle Of Hackham Heath (2016 which is currently only available in the United States )


  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)

Jesse Parker[edit]

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

Adult novels[edit]

  1. The Grey Raider (2015)[3]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Manly, New South Wales with his wife. He has a son, Michael; and two daughters: Penny Flanagan, a singer-songwriter; and Katie, a television actress and comedian who appears under the stage name Kitty Flanagan.[3]


  1. ^ Random House Australia – John Flanagan, retrieved 29 December 2009 
  2. ^ "John Flanagan at IMDb". Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Mark McEvoy, "Sea adventures a new tack for children's author", Sunday Age, 5 July 2015, m16
  4. ^ Charles, Ron (23 July 2006). "We Interview: John Flanagan". Washington Post. p. BW9. 
  5. ^ "Random House UK – John Flanagan". Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Brooks wins Book of the Year award", The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 June 2008

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