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John Marsden b. 1950 (79 works by fr. 1987, 2 works taught in 12 units)

John Marsden was born in Melbourne, the third of four children of Eustace Cullen Hudson and Jeanne Lawler Marsden. He attended Devonport Primary School in Tasmania and Eastwood Primary School and King's School, Parramatta, in New South Wales. Marsden began teaching at All Saints College, Bathurst, New South Wales, in 1978 while studying Arts at the University of New England. He continued to teach at All Saints while completing his Diploma of Teaching from Mitchell College.

In 1982 he became head of English at Geelong Grammar School, Highton, Victoria, and in 1984, rather to his own surprise, he found himself teaching at Timbertop, Geelong Grammar's 'bush' campus. Noticing a complete lack of interest in reading among his Year 9 students he tried writing a short novel that he thought they might enjoy. The novel, So Much to Tell You (1987), was immediately successful, winning the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year: Older Readers in 1998 and other awards. Since publication, it has been translated into numerous languages and has had the largest sales for a book published in Australia for teenagers.

Marsden is regarded as Australia's most popular writer of novels for young adults, attributed to the seven-volume Tomorrow series series. In 1996, Marsden's books took the top six places on the Teenage Fiction best-seller lists for Australia. Also in 1996, he was named 'Australia's most popular author today in any literary field' by the Australian newspaper. In 1997 Australian readers voted three of his books into Australia's 100 most-loved books of all time. Tomorrow, When the War Began has been reprinted thirty times since its 1994 release, translated into multiple languages, and adapted as both a film and a television series.

Marsden has also created picture book texts (most notably The Rabbits (1999), a CBCA Picture Book of the Year), poetry, and nonfiction. In 2015, The Rabbits was adapted as an opera by Kate Miller-Heidke and Lally Katz: The Rabbits opera was shortlisted for an International Opera Award, and won an AWGIE Award and three Helpmann Awards in Australia.

Marsden is a contemplative writer and popular speaker. His works invariably feature serious themes such as sexuality, violence in society, survival at school and in a harsh world, and conflict with adult authority figures. His teaching background has added authenticity to his style, characterisation and themes.

Marsden is interested in sharing his understanding of the creative writing process itself. His Everything I Know About Writing (1993), Marsden on Marsden : The Stories behind John Marsden's Bestselling Books (2000) and a study of his own creative process for So Much to Tell You assist in an understanding of the writing process. While many of his fictional works are controversial in terms of their content, his nonfiction work, Secret Men's Business, is aimed at assisting young men in understanding their sexuality. Marsden has sold a million and a half books world-wide, and has won awards in Europe, America, and Australia.

Despite his success as a writer, Marsden remains committed to the education process. He spends much of his time running writing camps at his property, the Tye Estate in Kerrie, Victoria. In 2006, he began operating a school, Candlebark, on the property. The school caters for children at primary and secondary level. In 2016, he opened an arts-focused secondary school, Alice Miller School, also in the Macedon Ranges. He is also patron of youth-media organisation Express Media, which has offered the John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers annually since 2005.

John Marsden b. 1942 d. 18 May 2006 (3 works by fr. 2004) John Marsden was a prominent Sydney lawyer. He died from stomach cancer while holidaying in Istanbul, Turkey.
10 Questions : John Marsden Jill Rowbotham , single work interview y
John Marsden single work criticism biography interview
— Appears in: No Kidding : Top Writers for Young People Talk About their Work Chippendale : Sun Books , 1991 1991 (p. 139-161)
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Milestones : John Marsden John Marsden , single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 21 November 2004 2004 (p. 19)
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John Marsden single work interview
— Appears in: The Garret : 2016 Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2016 2016
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y separately published work icon Marsden on Marsden : The Stories behind John Marsden's Bestselling Books John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2000 2000 single work criticism autobiography y
John Marsden single work interview
— Appears in: Literati : Australian Contemporary Literary Figures Discuss Fear, Frustrations and Fame Milton : John Wiley and Sons , 2005 2005 (p. 153-166)
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John Marsden Tom Sigley , single work criticism
— Appears in: Writing Across the Continent 2008 2008
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CBC Acceptance Speeches : John Marsden John Marsden , single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , November vol. 43 no. 4 1999 1999 (p. 3-4)
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y separately published work icon John Marsden Novel Assignments Margaret Howse , South Yarra : Macmillan Education Australia , 1988 1988 selected work criticism y
Influences : John Marsden Frances Atkinson , single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 4 June 2000 2000 (p. 12)
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John Marsden : 'Fighting On' John Foster , single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adolescent Novel : Australian Perspectives Wagga Wagga : Charles Sturt University, Centre for Information Studies , 1997 1997 (p. 173-182)
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'Winter' by John Marsden Daria Sigma , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 8 no. 4 2000 2000 (p. 18)
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John Marsden : Checkers Nicola Robinson , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 4 no. 2 1996 1996 (p. 27)
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Know the Author : John Marsden Agnes Nieuwenhuizen , single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , May vol. 4 no. 2 1989 1989 (p. 20-22)
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John Marsden Presents... Stella Lees , single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Winter vol. 9 no. 2 2001 2001 (p. 30-33)
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Celebration : John Marsden Keith Austin , single work biography
— Appears in: Australian Author , September vol. 43 no. 3 2011 2011 (p. 20-23)
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It Changed My Life : John Marsden John Marsden , single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 6-7 June 1998 1998 (p. 12)
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y separately published work icon Alice Pung on John Marsden Alice Pung , Carlton : Black Inc. , 2017 2017 single work essay y
John Marsden on the Couch single work interview
— Appears in: Voiceworks , Spring no. 54 2003 2003 (p. 10-11)
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What I'm... : John Marsden : Author single work column biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 28 November 1998 1998 (p. 11)
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My Favorite Book : John Marsden Dianne Dempsey , single work biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 21 May 1995 1995 (p. 8)
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y separately published work icon John Marsden : Darkness, Shadow, and Light John Noell Moore , Latham : Scarecrow Press , 2011 2011 multi chapter work criticism y
'Dear Miffy' by John Marsden Michael McNamara , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 5 no. 1 1997 1997 (p. 30-31)
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'Dear Miffy' by John Marsden Andrew Hislop , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 5 no. 3 1997 1997 (p. 30-31)
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Influences : John Marsden Frances Atkinson , single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 17 November 2001 2001 (p. 6)
Chapter & Verse : John Marsden : Novelist John Marsden , single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 23 February 2002 2002 (p. 7)
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Lunch with Jennifer Byrne : John Marsden Jennifer Byrne , single work biography
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 12 July vol. 123 no. 6478 2005 2005 (p. 34-36)
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'Darkness, Be My Friend' by John Marsden Judith Ridge , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 4 no. 4 1996 1996 (p. 21-22)
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Book Review – Hamlet by John Marsden Joanne Peulen , single work review
— Appears in: Booklover Book Reviews 2010 2010
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While I Live by John Marsden Daria Sigma , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 12 no. 1 2004 2004 (p. 15)
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Why John Marsden Has Taken on the Grown Ups Jan Sullivan , single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 November 2014 2014
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The Two of Us : John Marsden and Lucy Blackman Jane Wheatley , single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 29 November 1997 1997 (p. 14)
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'The Night is for Hunting' by John Marsden Kevin Steinberger , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 6 no. 4 1998 1998 (p. 18)
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'The Rabbits' by John Marsden and Shaun Tan Moira Robinson , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 6 no. 3 1998 1998 (p. 26-27)
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Why John Marsden Has Taken on the Grown Ups Jan Sullivan , single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 8 November 2014 2014
Why John Marsden Has Taken on the Grown Ups Jan Sullivan , single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 8 November 2014 2014
y separately published work icon Letters from the Inside John Marsden , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1991 1991 single work novel young adult y
Lively and Close Up - John Marsden in Conversation with Glyn Parry Glyn Parry , single work interview
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 4 no. 1 1996 1996 (p. 11-14)
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y separately published work icon Tomorrow, When the War Began When the War Began John Marsden , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1993 1993 single work novel young adult y
Invasions of the Mind : John Marsden and the Threat from Asia Adrian Caesar , single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 157 1999 1999 (p. 46-50)
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y separately published work icon So Much to Tell You John Marsden , Glebe : Walter McVitty Books , 1987 1987 single work novel young adult y
y separately published work icon The Dead of the Night John Marsden , Chippendale : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1994 1994 single work novel young adult y
y separately published work icon The Rabbits John Marsden , Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1998 1998 single work picture book children's y
y separately published work icon The Third Day, The Frost John Marsden , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 1995 1995 single work novel young adult y
A Response to 'So Much to Tell You' by John Marsden Brad Gauci , single work prose
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 8 no. 4 2000 2000 (p. 39)
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