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Brian Falkner

Brian_Falkner.jpgBrian Falkner was born in 1962 in Auckland and grew up on the North Shore, where he went to Willow Park Primary, Northcote Intermediate and Northcote College. At school Brian knew that he wanted to be a writer but it took him 30 years to realise that dream with his first junior novel published in 2003.
Brian studied computer science at the University of Auckland and later gained a diploma of journalism. Brian has had an unusual variety of jobs: motorcycle courier, ditch digger, dish washer, radio journalist, copywriter (he won the 1988 award for Best Radio Copywriter in New Zealand), radio announcer, graphic designer and web developer. He now works as a consultant. For many years, Brian supported the Storylines website.
Brian now resides on the Gold Coast, Australia. He enjoys talking to kids in schools, and watching rugby league – especially the Warriors!

Selected bibliography:
  • Henry and the Flea (Mallinson Rendel 2003).
  • The Real Thing (Mallinson Rendel 2004).
  • Super Freak (Mallinson Rendel 2005).
  • The Tomorrow Code (Walker Books/Random House 2008).
  • Brainjack (Walker Books 2009).
  • The Project (Walker Books 2010).
  • Assault [Recon Team Angel, book one] (Walker Books 2011).
  • Northwood illustrated by Donovan Bixley (Walker Books 2011).
  • Maddy West and the Tongue Taker illustrated by Donovan Bixley (Walker Books 2012).
  • Task Force [Recon Team Angel, book two] (Walker Books 2012).
  • Esther Glen Award 2004 Shortlist for Henry and the Flea.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2004 Junior Fiction List for Henry and the Flea.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2005 Junior Fiction List for The Real Thing.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2006 Junior Fiction Shortlist for Super Freak.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2006 for Super Freak.
  • University of Iowa International Writing Programme 2008.
  • Esther Glen Award 2009 Shortlist for The Tomorrow Code.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2009 Young Adult Fiction Shortlist for The Tomorrow Code.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2009 Young Adult Fiction List for The Tomorrow Code
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2010 Young Adult Fiction List for Brainjack.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2010 Young Adult Finalist for Brainjack.
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2010 Children’s Choice Young Adult Winner for Brainjack.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2011 Young Adult Fiction List for The Project
Other resources:

Storylines thanks zeald.com for their ongoing support of the Storylines website.


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