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Phillip Gwynne
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Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was a rites-of-passage story set in a small coastal town in South Australia and is a story of two boys confronting the racism around them. It won the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers, and was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip won an AFI award. The sequel Nukkin Ya, was also published to great acclaim.  

Phillip writes for a wide range of age groups including picture books such as Brothers from a Different Mother and Yobbos Do Yoga, junior fiction including Jetty Rats and Stuff Happens: Michael, and young adult novels including Swerve.

New South Wales based Phillip has a full week booking minimum for interstate travel (Can be share with other schools)

Books by Phillip Gwynne

Small Town

Milly loves the small town she lives in and she loves playing basketball with her friends. The trouble is, families keep leaving, and soon they won’t have enough players for a team. But when Milly learns at school about the refugees who have nowhere to live, she has a great idea – invite them to Gong Gong!

The Lords of Melody

Best Suited for ages 9-11 years
With the driving beat of a rock anthem, the heart of a country ballad, and the contemporary feel of the latest hip-hop hit, Lords of Melody is about people overcoming their differences in order to cooperate, be creative, to make music together.

Deadly, Unna?

Best Suited for ages 12-14 years
‘Deadly, unna?’ He was always saying that. All the Nungas did, but Dumby more than any of them. Dumby Red and Blacky don’t have a lot in common. Dumby’s the star of the footy team, he’s got a killer smile and the knack with girls, and he’s a Nunga. Blacky’s a gutless wonder, needs braces, never knows what to say, and he’s white.

Brothers From A Different Mother

Best Suited for ages 3-6 years
Tapir lives in the jungle
Pig lives in the village.
But when they meet at the waterhole, they discover they are the same in so many ways.


Best Suited for ages 13+ years
One of the country’s finest young cellists, 16 year-old Hugh Twycross has a very bright future. A future that has been mapped out by his parents, his teachers, by everybody, it seems, except Hugh Twycross.

Little Owl

When Little Owl falls from his nest and opens his eyes for the very first time he has one big question. Whooooo? Whoooo? Whoooo am I?

Jetty Rats

Best Suited for ages 12-14 years
Dogleg Bay is one big retirement home; the richest man in town – the funeral director – drives a hotted-up hearse. Hunter Vettori is thirteen, and longs to catch a record-breaking mulloway, leave Dogleg Bay, and become bigger then Rexy Hunt.

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