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Catherine Jinks
Author | Primary (All Years) | Secondary (All Years)

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Catherine is a four-time winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for her books Eye to Eye, Pagan’s Vows, You’ll Wake the Baby and A Very Unusual Pursuit.

She has also won a Victorian Premier’s Literature award, the Adelaide Festival award for literature, the Ena Noel Award for Children’s Literature and an Aurealis Award for Science Fiction. In 2001 she was presented with a Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian Children’s Literature. Catherine’s other titles include the picture book Barney, her adult thriller, Shepherd and the Theophilus Grey series.

Apart from her talks and workshops on writing in general, Catherine can provide specialist historical fiction writing workshops, and has also paired up with Gretta Serov, a disabled writer with severe cerebral palsy who talks using an iPad and her nose, to present a talk on inclusive stories.


Books by Catherine Jinks


Best Suited

Meg lives alone. A little place in the bush outside town. A perfect place to hide. That’s one of the reasons she offers to shelter Nerine, who’s escaping a violent ex. The other is that Meg knows what it’s like to live with an abusive partner.

Theophilus Grey and the Demon Thief

Best Suited for ages 10-14 years
Twelve-year-old Theophilus Grey – Philo to his friends – heads a team of linkboys who guide Londoners home through the dank eighteenth-century alleys by the light of their torches

Theophilus Grey and the Traitor’s Mask

Best Suited for ages 9-12 years
The companion novel to Theophilus Grey and the Demon Thief is a fast-paced adventure as Philo graduates from petty fraud and street crime to high-level political espionage.


Best Suited for ages 2-7 years
Barney is a dog who’ll eat anything and everything – and cause chaos while he’s doing it!


Fourteen-year-old convict Tom Clay lives in a shepherd’s hut in the bush, protecting his master’s sheep from wild dogs. When a vicious fellow shepherd returns to ensure there are no witnesses to his crimes, the bush-crafty Tom and his hapless mate Rowdy face a life-and-death battle to survive.

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