Antony Eaton grew up in Perth and the Cocos Islands. He undertook his secondary education in the Perth hills and gained a BA, a Grad. Dip. Ed. and, later, a PhD in creative writing. He has worked as a security guard, sail training instructor, a high-school English and literature teacher and a sessional teacher at university level. Eaton has competed in triathlons and rowing competitions.
Eaton's first novel was published in 2000, and has been followed by two series (The Darklands Trilogy and the Nathan Nuttboard Trilogy) as well as a number of standalone works. His Darklands Trilogy have been shortlisted and awarded in the Aurealis Awards for Australian Speculative Fiction. The final book of the trilogy, Daywards, was released by UQP in March 2010, and was a CBCA notable Australian Children’s book in 2011. He has twice won the Western Australian Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction, and twice been awarded an Honour Book award by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. His works have also featured on the International Youth Library’s annual White Ravens catalogue of significant international children’s books.
At the end of 2005 he travelled to Antarctica to research his novel Into White Silence which received critical acclaim, including an Honour Book Prize in the 2009 CBCA awards and a shortlisting in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. In late 2011, Random House Australia re-published a literary edition of Into White Silence for the adult marketplace.
In 2017, Eaton was an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literary Studies at the University of Canberra, where he researches the contemporary influence of Young Adult fiction upon cultural discourse, among other things. He is also the president of the Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR), editor of the journal Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, and an associate member of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research at the University of Canberra.
Into White Silence2008single work novel young adult 'During the winter of 1922, the Exploration Vessel Raven became trapped in the Antarctic icepack, entombing 28 men aboard it through the dark, polar night. Into White Silence tells their story - a story of a lost past, of a tragic future, of ice, ambition and madness. It captures the terrible, fascinating beauty of Antarctica, both as it was then and is today, and is a journey into the mind of every person who has ever set foot upon those ice-bound shores.' (From the publisher's website.)
Skyfall2007single work novel fantasy young adult Larinan Mann is an outsider, a social oddity. Born in contravention of the rules of his society, into a cold and powerful family, Lari's life seems to have no purpose. But then his only friend draws him unwittingly into the murky terror of the underworld that dwells below his feet, his father unexpectedly inducts him into the inner circle of history's most terrible secret, and Lari's world - and everything he thought he knew about it - is shattered forever. Then he meets Saria, a girl with a destiny looking over her shoulder, and together the two of them must walk into an unknown greater than anything humanity has ever faced...' - back cover
'Nathan, Gnarly and the Nuttboard family are back again in a sequel to Eaton's popular Nathan Nuttboard: Hits the Beach. Narelle as difficult as ever; Dad still technologically challenged; Mum her usual assertive self; little sister Nadine intrusive and Nathan and friend Gnarly continuing their happy-go-lucky sure to miss-fire antics. What IS new is the arrival of a little known grandfather from Scotland, Fergus McCraigh.
'Self-centred, overbearing, canny, rude, Fergus makes life miserable for all the members of the family. Narelle, the only one of the children to remember a visit to Scotland where she was accused of spoiling Fergus's sporran, already dislikes the man before he dobs her into her parents for being at a pub instead of studying; Nathan is forced to give up his bedroom for Fergus and to share Nadine's together with her thousands of stuffed toy animals. Neither is too happy with the situation. Mum has a history of not getting on with her father, and Dad, well Fergus never forgave him for marrying his daughter and taking her off to Australia.' (Publication summary)