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Nicholas Drayson Nicholas Drayson i(A69219 works by) (a.k.a. Nick Drayson)
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,
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Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1982
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Nicholas Drayson was born in England and has lived in Australia since 1982. He spent several years studying at the UNSW for a BSc and MSc in zoology and PhD in 19th century Australian natural history writing. He has written about Australian natural history for many years, with regular columns in Good Weekend and the Australian Womens Weekly, and occasional pieces in Australian Geographic. In 1988 Nicholas published a collection of nature writing as Wildlife: Australia's flora and fauna gently observed. Confessing a Murder is his first novel. He wrote it while living in Kenya in 1998 and 1999. Nicholas lives in Canberra where he writes and paints houses. In 2002 he won a $25,000 grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council to write a novel based on the life of British zoologist William Caldwell, who was the first to scientificlly prove that platypuses lay eggs.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon A Guide to the Birds of East Africa : A Novel London New York (City) : Viking , 2008 Z1519696 2008 single work novel
2009 winner Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award
y separately published work icon Love and the Platypus Carlton North : Scribe , 2007 Z1365172 2007 single work novel historical fiction

'In 1883 young British naturalist William Caldwell arrives in Australia with a mission: to determine for the scientific record whether platypuses really are egg-laying mammals. But first he must travel overland to the Burnett River in Queensland, where he intends to set up camp. On his journey he is by turns hindered and assisted by a cast of characters, including a drunken bullocky and an inscrutable, poetical bushman. Once there, William commences his investigations and encounters the local Aboriginal people, enlisting their help and ultimately learning their tragic history. He also meets a young blind woman with many closely held secrets of her own.

'Love and the Platypus is a delightful, captivating novel that examines the obsessive nature of scientific enquiry and its environmental consequences, and the wonders of nature and of romantic love.' (Publisher's blurb)

2009 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2008 shortlisted Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award
Strictly for the Birds 2003 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Island , Winter-Spring no. 93-94 2003; (p. 56-66)
2003 winner Wildcare Tasmania Nature Writing Prize
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