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Hugh Atkinson Hugh Atkinson i(A4027 works by) (birth name: Hugh Geddes Atkinson)
Also writes as: Hugh Geddes
Born: Established: 17 Sep 1921 Parkes, Parkes area, Parkes - Forbes area, Central West NSW, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 9 Sep 1994 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
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Novelist, journalist, screenwriter and documentary film maker, Atkinson worked in England, Germany, India, and Australia, including a stint as an advertising copywriter with the London-based Lintas Group (now Lowe and Partners Worldwide) in the 1950s, five years as a technical officer for the Indian government, and two years as a script writer for the United Nations.

He became a full-time novelist in the late 1960s, though his first novel (The Pink and the Brown) was published to critical acclaim in 1957. He also served as an Emeritus Fellow of the Literature Board of the Australia Council prior to his death in 1994.

In addition to the works listed on AustLit, Hugh Atkinson also wrote a history of the Anthony Squires Label (1958?) and the script of Frontiers Downunder (Film Australia, 1977).

Most Referenced Works


  • Year of birth is given variously as 1921, 1923 and 1924.
  • Interview with Atkinson (tape held NLA).

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Grey's Valley : The Legend Ringwood : Penguin , 1986 Z368350 1986 single work novella young adult
1987 shortlisted National Book Council Award for Australian Literature
y separately published work icon The Games Melbourne : Cassell Australia , 1967 Z262538 1967 single work novel
1968 winner International Awards American Literary Guild Prize
y separately published work icon The Reckoning London : Bodley Head , 1965 Z262640 1965 single work novel
1964 winner Xavier Society Prize
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