Nick Earls was born in Northern Ireland and moved with his family to Australia in 1972. He was educated at the Church of England Grammar School and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1986 with an honours degree in medicine. During the late 1980s and early 1990s he worked in general practice, hospitals and for an insurance company while building his career as a writer.
Earls published a book of poems in 1985 and a collection of short stories in 1992, but he attracted most attention when he published Zigzag Street and the young adult novel After January in 1996. Earls won several prizes for these works and has since pursued a career that produces fiction for adults and young adults. He won more awards for the young adult novel 48 Shades of Brown (1999) and has built a substantial following with adult novels like Bachelor Kisses (1998) and Perfect Skin (2000). Widely admired for the comic elements of his fiction, Earls has performed some of his works at festivals. Some of his works have been adapted for the theatre and several screenplays are also under development. He has written a number of plays that have been performed in Australia and England.
Earls has also written jingles, comedy scripts and corporate videos. He has been involved with several charities and has assisted with the marketing of his home-town Brisbane. In 2006 Earls was named Queensland's Multicultural Champion in recognition of his 'energetic and passionate advocacy for the rights of refugees and the disadvantaged' and also The University of Queensland's 2006 Alumnus of the Year.
New Boy2015single work children's fiction children's
'Adjusting to a new country and a new school was never going to be easy for Herschelle. The food is strange, it's so different to South Africa and, worst of all, no one understands the Aussie slang he's learnt on the web.
'But it's the similarities that make things really hard. Herschelle will have to confront racism, bullying and his own past before Australia can feel like home . . .
'A moving, funny new novel by one of Australia's best-loved authors.' (Publication summary)
'Do you ever feel like you might have just one more chance to get on top of your life and make things happen?
'They're starting to feel like Analogue Men trying to make sense of a digital age.
'Andrew Van Fleet is 49 and feeling 50 closing in. He's bailed out of his private equity job for something that'll let him spend more time at home, but the house is overrun by iPads and teenage hormones and conversations that have moved on without him. Plus his ailing father is now lodged in the granny flat, convalescing from surgery and with his scrappy bulldog in tow.
'And then there's Brian Brightman, the expensive fading star at the radio station Andrew's signed up to manage, whose every broadcast offers fresh trouble. He's 49 too and, like Andrew, starting to wonder if the twenty-first century might prove to be his second best.' (Publication summary)
The Curious Dictionary2012single work children's fiction children's adventure fantasy 'From award-winning author Nick Earls and illustrator Terry Whidborne comes a mysterious, action-packed series for the word nerd in us all.
Lexi and Al Hunter are twins with almost nothing in common - except their parents and their birthday! At school Lexi hangs with her friends in the cool crowd, while Al hides in the library reading about history, battles and faraway places.
When the twins stumble upon an old dictionary their world as they know it changes. They are blasted into history to hunt down the words that threaten to vanish from our past and our present. Their lives and the future of the world are at stake. Can they find a way back home? Or will they be trapped in the past forever? Now more than ever, they need to depend on each other if they want to survive.' (Publisher's blurb)