David Kausman, who writes as Odo Hirsch, grew up in Melbourne, studied medicine in Australia and worked as a doctor in Melbourne and London. In London he has also worked with Amnesty International, reporting on torture victims and examining hospital conditions in Eastern Europe.
Kausman completed a masters degree at Cambridge University and in 1997 began work as a management consultant for McKinsey Consulting in England. It was during this time that he first began writing books for children, a genre which he had not at that time read since he was a primary school student at Bialik College, Melbourne. He says of his writing, 'The books are about exploring the conventions put around us and how one establishes individuality. And that's what kids do...The thing that excites and motivates me is curiosity' (Michelle Griffin, TheAge 2 Oct. 2004).
Kausman has lived in London since 1989. His books have been published in Australia, the USA, UK, Netherlands, Germany and Italy.
Darius Bell and the Glitter Pool2009single work children's fiction children's 'The Bell family's ancestors were showered with honours, gifts and grants of land. In exchange, they have bestowed a Gift, once every 25 years, on the town. The Gifts have ranged from a statue to a bell tower with stained-glass windows, but now it's Darius's father's turn - and there is no money for an impressive gift. It looks as though a wheelbarrow full of vegetables is the best they can do. Darius is determined to preserve the family honour, and when an earthquake reveals a glorious cave, with the most beautiful minerals lining the walls, he thinks he's found the answer...' (Publisher's blurb)
Amelia Dee and the Peacock Lamp2007single work children's fiction children's "Amelia Dee lives in the green house on Marburg Street, where a rare bronze lamp hangs outside her bedroom door. No one knows where it came from or how it got there. Only she, Amelia thinks, knows the secret that the lamp contains. But she's wrong.
When Mr Vishwanath introduces Amelia to the Princess Parvin Kha-Douri, the puzzle of the lamp becomes even deeper. Where has the princess seen it before? Why is she so bitter and angry? And most importantly, what should Amelia do about it?
In solving the mystery, Amelia risks revealing a secret of her own." (Source: Publisher's website)