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Paul Jennings Paul Jennings i(A18343 works by) (a.k.a. Paul Arthur Jennings)
Also writes as: Peter Wilson
Born: Established: 1943 Middlesex,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
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Paul Jennings was born in England in 1943 and came to Australia at the age of six. He grew up in Melbourne and was educated and trained as a teacher there. He later studied speech therapy and for six years worked with disabled and socially deprived children. He has been a lecturer in special education and then a senior lecturer in language and literature at Warrnambool Institute of Education in country Victoria while writing part-time.

Jennings wrote his first book Unreal, which was published in 1985, partly in response to his son's boredom with the book he was reading. He returned to Melbourne in 1989 with his family to become a full-time writer because of his involvement with the TV series 'Round the Twist' produced by the Australian Television Foundation for which he wrote all thirteen scripts. It became a top rating children's program shown in over forty countries around the world.

Paul Jennings is one of Australia's best loved children's writers, and has been the recipient of numerous literary awards. His many novels and collections for children of all ages are entertaining, quirky and sometimes spooky. In Singenpoo Strikes Again (1998) Jennings uses the cat Singenpoo to explore the experiences of young children learning to read. Jennings demonstrates that the uneven process can ultimately lead to mastering reading and a love of books.

Jennings's books include the collections Unbelievable (1986), Quirky Tails (1988) and Uncanny (1988), and the novels The Cabbage Patch Fib (1989), The Paw Thing (1989) and Undone: More Mad Endings (1995). In 2000 he published a six volume series of adventure stories. His novel Tongue-Tied! was published in 2002. His books have been translated into many languages.

Most Referenced Works


  • Voted number 12 in the Booktopia Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors for 2018

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon A Different Land Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16619813 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'A story of new beginnings in a new land, and a surprising, heartwarming companion to A Different Boy and A Different Dog.

'A tiny pub with a dirt floor and corrugated iron walls. A caravan containing the remnants of a dead pig. Snakes, bugs and torrential rain. Not what Christopher's family expected when they crossed the sea to find a new life.

'Add a landlord who's not what he seems, and Christopher finds himself facing challenges he could never have imagined. Will he ever be able to make a home for himself in this strange and different land?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Younger Readers
2020 nominated Carnegie Medal (UK)
y separately published work icon A Different Boy Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2018 14072547 2018 single work children's fiction children's historical fiction

''If you've got a bad deal,' Anton's father used to say, 'get out of it and move on.' And that's what Anton does when he decides to walk out of the orphanage and up the gangplank of a ship, heading for the land of sunshine and steaks.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 nominated Carnegie Medal (UK)
y separately published work icon A Different Dog Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10953971 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'The forest is dense and dark. And the trail full of unexpected perils. The dog can’t move. The boy can’t talk. And you won’t know why. Or where you are going. You will put this story down not wanting the journey to end.

'But it’s from Paul Jennings so watch out for the ambush.

'One of the best. From one of the best.' (Publication summary)

2018 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book
2017 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Griffith University Children’s Book Award

Known archival holdings

University of Canberra University of Canberra Library (ACT)
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Influence on:
Stage Fright! : Plays Based on the Stories of Paul Jennings Richard Tulloch , 1996 selected work drama
Unbeatable! Richard Tulloch , 1996 single work drama
Thumbs Up! Richard Tulloch , 1996 single work drama
The Copy Richard Tulloch , 1996 single work drama
Next Time Around Richard Tulloch , 1996 single work drama
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