Justin D'Ath i(101 works by) (a.k.a. Justin John D'Ath)
Born: Established: 1953
New Zealand,
Pacific Region,
Gender: Male
Heritage: New Zealander
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Justin D'Ath is one of twelve children. He came to Australia in 1971 to study for missionary priesthood but left after three years. He has worked in a sugar mill, on a cattle station, in a mine, picked fruit and driven forklifts. He has written for motorbike magazines, and published for both adults and children. In 1995, Justin D'Ath was teaching Professional Writing at the Loddon Campaspe College of TAFE in the Mallee region of Victoria. For twenty years, he wrote only for adults, before trying his hand at writing for children after his daughter introduced him to contemporary children's books.

In 2012, Network Ten commissioned a live action television series based on D'ath's Extreme Adventures series.


  • D'Ath was the winner of Alan Marshall Award 1987 and the Arafura Short Story Award in 1988 and 1989.

Awards for Works

Stilled Lifes x 11 , Trust Me Too , 2012 single work short story young adult horror
2012 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Best Short Story
Shark Bait , 2006 single work children's fiction children's adventure Sam and a young Japanese tourist are swept off a coral shelf by a freak wave and must survive in an ocean where predators are circling.
2009 shortlisted BILBY (Books I Love Best Yearly) Awards
Pool , 2007 single work novel young adult mystery
2008 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction