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Judy Nunn Judy Nunn i(A28854 works by) (a.k.a. Judith Anne Nunn)
Also writes as: Judy Bernard-Waite
Born: Established: 1945 Perth, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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Judy Nunn, a well known actor, had her first professional role with the Perth Playhouse at the age of 12. To further her career, she moved to Sydney when she was 19, then went to the UK at the age of 22. During her five year residency, she acted in theatre and on BBC radio and TV (Oneidin Line and Z Cars). Nunn moved to Sydney in 1973, and gained fame for her roles in the soapies The Box (1974-1977, nominated for a Gold Logie), Prisoner (1979), Sons and Daughters (1983-1984) and Home and Away (1987 pilot - 2000), which she left to start work on her sixth novel Territory (2002). She used early sailing memories for her children's novels Eye in the Storm (1988) and Eye in the City (1991), and her childhood times spent in country Western Australia for Territory (2002) and Kal (1996), with The Glitter Game (1991), Centre Stage (1992) and Araluen (1994) being sourced from her acting experience, which was also useful when writing scripts for radio and television programmes such as Neighbours. Nunn did guest roles on Matlock Police, Country Practice, Cop Shop and Holiday Island, and was also a panelist on the TV show Beauty and the Beast. Her column 'Judy's View' appeared weekly in TV Week magazine. She was also recognised for her achievements on Channel Nine's This is Your Life. Nunn is a member of the Australian Writers' Guild.

Most Referenced Works


  • Nunn wrote as Judy Bernard-Waite with Fiona Waite and Patricia Bernard.
  • Voted number 25 in the Booktopia Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors for 2018

Personal Awards

2015 recipient Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For significant service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen, and to literature as an author.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Spirits of the Ghan North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8864513 2015 single work novel

'Master storyteller Judy Nunn has now sold over 1 million books worldwide. In her spellbinding new bestseller she takes us on a breathtaking journey deep into the red heart of Australia.

'It is 2001 and as the world charges into the new Millennium, a century-old dream is about to be realised in the Red Centre of Australia: the completion of the mighty Ghan railway, a long-lived vision to create the 'backbone of the continent', a line that will finally link Adelaide with the Top End.

'But construction of the final leg between Alice Springs and Darwin will not be without its complications, for much of the desert it will cross is Aboriginal land.

'Hired as a negotiator, Jessica Manning must walk a delicate line to reassure the Elders their sacred sites will be protected. Will her innate understanding of the spiritual landscape, rooted in her own Arunta heritage, win their trust? It's not easy to keep the peace when Matthew Witherton and his survey team are quite literally blasting a rail corridor through the timeless land of the Never-Never.

'When the paths of Jessica and Matthew finally cross, their respective cultures collide to reveal a mystery that demands attention. As they struggle against time to solve the puzzle, an ancient wrong is awakened and calls hauntingly across the vastness of the outback . . .' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Elianne North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2013 6690627 2013 single work novel historical fiction

'In 1881 ‘Big Jim' Durham, an English soldier of fortune and profiteer, ruthlessly creates for Elianne Desmarais, his young French wife, the finest of the great sugar mills of the Southern Queensland cane fields, and names it in her honour.

'The massive estate becomes a self-sufficient fortress, a cane-consuming monster and home to hundreds of workers, but ‘Elianne' and its masters, the Durham Family, have dark and distant secrets; secrets that surface in the wildest and most inflammatory of times, the 1960s.

'For Kate Durham and her brothers Neil and Alan, freedom is the catchword of the decade.Young Australians leap to the barricades of the social revolution. Rock ‘n' roll, the Pill, the Vietnam War, the rise of Feminism, Asian immigration and the Freedom Ride join forces to rattle the chains of traditional values.

'The workers leave the great sugar estates as mechanisation lessens the need for labour. And the Durham family, its secrets exposed, begins its fall from grace... ' (Publisher's blurb)

2014 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Territory Territory : A Story of the Top End and the People Who Dare to Dwell There Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2002 Z950299 2002 single work novel historical fiction `A story of disaster and depravity is told in alternating chapters with the story of the Galloway family, station owners, and the story of Darwin itself, from the day it was bombed by Japanese fighter planes during WW2 and nearly flattened, to the extraordinary Christmas Day in 1974 when Darwin was again devastated by 'fury from the sky': this time in the form of Cyclone Tracy. Following the course of a priceless 16th century locket and the fortunes of the Galloway clan, the author tells of disaster, courage and passion and that top end spirit that never says die. (LA)
2012 shortlisted The National Year of Reading 2012 Our Story Collection Northern Territory
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