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BORN: May 21, 1979
BIRTHPLACE: Melbourne, Australia.
HEIGHT: 6'2"
ON WHOSAY SINCE: Mar 8, 2012
HOMETOWN: Melbourne, Australia.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Me

  • As a teenager James studied for his students pilots licence.
  • His first university study was a bachelor of architecture.
  • He worked on Melbourne's Federation Square design team.
  • He received a full scholarship for his PhD in Literature.
  • James is a highly-sought after speaker on issues around children's literature.


James Phelan is a Melbourne-based writer born in 1979. He has studied and taught literature at a post graduate level, and holds an MA in Writing and a PhD in Young Adult Literature. He has been a full-time novelist since the age of 25. His first book was the author interview collection LITERATI: Australian Contemporary Literary Figures Discuss Fear, Frustrations and Fame (John Wiley & Sons, 2005). His Lachlan Fox thriller novels are FOX HUNT (Hachette, 2006), PATRIOT ACT (2007), BLOOD OIL (2008), LIQUID GOLD (2009), and RED ICE (2010). His ALONE trilogy of Young Adult post-apocalyptic novels are titled CHASERS (Hachette, 2010), SURVIVOR (2011) and QUARANTINE (2011). James has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, having worked at The Age from 2000-2006, and has contributed to short story anthologies and serialised novels, including: GRIFFITH REVIEW: THE NEXT BIG THING (2006), THROUGH THE CLOCK'S WORKINGS (SYDNEY UNI PRESS 2009), HERDING KITES (AFFIRM PRESS, 2009), PICTURE THIS (Penguin, 2010), WATCHLIST (Audible/Vanguard, 2010), the GET READING! anthology (2011), and UNICEF: REACHING OUT (ABC Books 2013). His latest novels are a thriller introducing a new character, Jed Walker, THE SPY (Hachette, Dec 2013), a 13-book Young Adult series THE LAST THIRTEEN (Scholastic, Sept 2013 and monthly in 2014), THE HUNTED (Hachette, Feb 2015) and KILL SWITCH (Feb 2016). James was the author on the selection panel of the "GET READING! 50 books you must read in 2012", an initiative of the Australia Council, for which 3 of his books have been selected since 2007. His books are sold into sixteen languages and into over a hundred countries.

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