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Michael Pryor Michael Pryor i(A28805 works by)
Born: Established: 1957 Swan Hill, Swan Hill - Robinvale area, North West Victoria, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Pryor spent most of his childhood in Geelong and later moved to Melbourne, where he attended university. He worked in a variety of jobs, including truck driver, multimedia developer, and secondary school English teacher. Most of his science fiction has appeared in Aurealis, of which he has been associate editor. He has also written children's fiction which appeared in Contagious, Puffinalia, Pursuit and Touchdown. His novels have received many awards.

(Source: Adapted from The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, ed. Paul Collins (1998): 143, and from the author's website).

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y separately published work icon Gap Year in Ghost Town Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 11460018 2017 single work novel young adult adventure

'Anton Marin and his father are on high alert after a spike in ghost manifestations. Anton wants to help the ghosts. Rani Cross wants to slice and dice them. And they both need to work together to keep the city safe. A smart, snappy, funny and scary ghost-hunting adventure.

'Let's get this straight - ghosts are everywhere. And they're dangerous. This is why my family has hunted them for hundreds of years.

'The Marin family run a two-man operation in inner-city Melbourne. Anton has the ghost-sight, but his father does not. Theirs is a gentle approach to ghost hunting. Rani Cross, combat-skilled ghost hunter from the Company of the Righteous, is all about the slashing.

'Anton and Rani don't see eye to eye - but with a massive spike in violent ghost manifestations, they must find a way to work together.

'And what with all the blindingly terrifying brushes with death, Anton must use his gap year to decide if he really wants in on the whole ghost-hunting biz . . .

'Gap Year in Ghost Town is smart, funny and scary with extra action and attitude. ' (Synopsis)

2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Older Readers
2017 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Novel
y separately published work icon Heart of Gold North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2007 Z1423425 2007 single work novel fantasy young adult

'At a loss after finishing their end-of-year exams, Aubrey and George travel to the Gallian capital, Lutetia, where it so happens that the lovely Caroline is studying natural history.

'Aubrey wants to pursue a cure for his condition - though his family have other ideas, and he's soon burdened with a royal mystery to solve, old letters to procure, a missing ornithologist to locate and a spot of diplomatic espionage. These tasks should keep Aubrey occupied - but that would be underestimating Aubrey's sense of curiosity and uncanny knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

'Someone is stealing people's souls and turning them into mindless monsters, and the country's magical lifeline, the Heart of Gold, has been stolen, leaving the city in chaos. Aubrey, George, and a somewhat reluctant Caroline are on the case...'

Source: Publisher's blurb

2007 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Young Adult Division Best Novel
2007 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Best Novel
y separately published work icon Blaze of Glory Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2006 Z1286280 2006 single work novel fantasy young adult

'Aubrey Fitzwilliam is the son of a prominent ex-prime minister. He's also brilliant at magic, but he's stuck at military school. At least he has his best friend, George, there to back him up. George would follow Aubrey anywhere - and with Aubrey's talent for thinking up impulsive and daring schemes that will get them both in trouble, that's no easy thing to do.

At a weekend shooting party at Prince Albert's country estate, the boys find themselves in a hotbed of intrigue and politics. They discover a golem, a magical creature built to perform one task: to kill Prince Albert. Aubrey and George are hailed as heroes for foiling the attempt on the prince's life - but who sent the golem, and why? Aubrey is far too curious to let the authorities handle this one, and he and George start investigating.'

Source: Publisher's Blurb

2007 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2006 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Fantasy Division Novel
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