Phillip Gwynne

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Phillip Gwynne (born 1958) is an Australian author. He is best known for his 1998 debut novel, Deadly, Unna?, a rites-of-passage story which uses Australian rules football as a backdrop to explore race relations in a small town in South Australia.[1] The novel won several awards, selling over 200,000 copies, and was adapted into a 2002 film titled Australian Rules.[2] Gwynne has written numerous other books, including children's and young adult books as well as screenplays for television and movies.

Life[edit]

Gwynne was born in Melbourne, Victoria, and grew up in rural areas in Victoria and South Australia. He graduated from James Cook University with a degree in marine biology. He also pursued a career as a computer programmer. He came to professional writing later in life and wrote his first novel at the age of 35. His award-winning novel "Deadly Unna" won Childrens Book of the Year in 1998 and was made into a feature film "Australian Rules" in 2002.[3]

Works[edit]

Young adult

  • Deadly, Unna? (1998)
  • Nukkin Ya (2000)
  • Jetty Rats (2004)
  • Swerve (2009)
  • The Debt book 1: Catch the Zolt (2013)
  • The Debt book 2: Turn off the Lights (2013)
  • The Debt book 3: Bring Back Cerberus (2013)
  • The Debt book 4: Fetch the Treasure Hunter (2013)
  • The Debt book 5: Yamashita's Gold (2013)
  • The Debt book 6: Take a Life (2013)

Children's books

  • The Worst Team Ever (1999)
  • Born to Bake (2005)
  • A Chook Called Harry (2009)
  • Escape from Kids' Club (2010)
  • Ruby Learns to Swim (2012)
  • The Queen with the Wobbly Bottom (2012)
  • Yobbos Do Yoga (2013)
  • What's Wrong with the Wobbegong? (2014)
  • Michael (2014)
  • Little Owl (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillip Gwynne, AustLit. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Meet the Author: Phillip Gwynne", Good Reading Magazine. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Philip Gwynne Bird Sighting"