Update March 2020

  • Haywire, my first novel, has hit the bookshops!

Haywire is based on the true story of the Dunera voyage and the internees who travelled to Australia from London to Hay, NSW, in 1940.

Life in Germany in 1939 is not safe for 13 year old Max Gruber so he is sent to his Uncle Ferdy in London, only to find himself sent to Australia aboard the famous ship Dunera. Arriving in rural Hay, and housed in an internment camp, he meets local boy Tom. The two new friends become allies, as their lives are affected by the growing conflict in far away Europe.

Haywire cover small

Published by Omnibus Books 1 March 2020

Update October 2019

Coming Soon (2020):

  • Kookaburra, illustrated by Tannya Harricks, published Walker Books Australia
  • Haywire, a novel Scholastic
  • Treasure! illustrated by Tull Suwannakit published Scholastic


Dingo is shortlisted for CBCA New Illustrator Award 2019

Dingo was joint winner of NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Patricia Wrightson Award) with Lorraine Marwood’s Leavetaking.

Dingo won a Whitley Award 2018

Koala was an Honour Book for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award 2018.

Koala has just been shortlisted for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award. Winners are announced in August.

Koala, illustrated Julie Vivas (Walker Books/Candlewick).  Available in Australia, US, UK and Denmark