A SHORT BIO
was born on 21 April, 1962 at Williamstown Hospital in the
western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. A few years later he
attended Altona East Primary School and Paisley High School,
where his flair for English and literature was matched by an
astonishing lack of affinity with such subjects as maths,
science, physics and chemistry.
In 1980 he worked as a copy boy for TV Week and New Idea
magazines. The promise of a cadetship in journalism was
withdrawn after a journalists' strike, so Jim resigned and took
up a deferred position at Monash University. There he maintained
an impressive C+ average, graduating in 1983 with a double major
in Sociology and English literature.
He began working at The Age newspaper in 1984, where he
presently works full-time as a feature writer, film reviewer and
After a decade dedicated solely to journalism, Jim began
developing his other writing interests. His first book, Room for
One, was published in 1994. He has since written over 40 books,
including eight novels for young adults, several novelettes and
numerous illustrated books for children, some of which have been
published in Canada and the United States.
In his own time Jim loves to write, read, watch TV, catch mice,
sing in the spa, talk on the phone and collect Star Wars toys.