Craig Silvey

Craig Silvey was raised on an orchard in Western Australia. At the age of 19, he wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, while living in Fremantle, where he now resides. In 2007 Silvey released The World According to Warren, a picture book starring the guide-dog from Rhubarb. In early 2008, he completed his second novel, Jasper Jones, an award-winning gothic tale that has become a global hit. In addition to his literary pursuits, Silvey is the singer/songwriter for the band The Nancy Sikes.


The Amber Amulet

Craig Silvey

Dear Sir/Ma'am,
Please find enclosed this AMBER AMULET
That must sound unusual to a citizen,
but you will have to trust me on this count
because the science is too detailed for me
to outline here. All you need to know is that
the AMBER AMULET will eliminate your
unhappiness by counteracting it with
This should see you straight.
Fear not, you're in safe hands now.
Take care,
The Masked Avenger

Meet twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie, who patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the masked avenger—a superhero with powers so potent not even he can comprehend their extent.

Along with his sidekick Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure—but can he save them from sadness?

This perfect jewel by the award-winning author of 2009 Book of the Year Jasper Jones will hold all readers in its irresistible power.

Australia/NZ 2012· Allen & Unwin

* All other rights available

Video – 'Barking Gecko Theatre Company Stage Production Trailer'


Jasper Jones

Craig Silvey

Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleepout. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress. Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery.

With this secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself and in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse.


USA Printz Honor Book for excellence in YA literature, 2012
Winner Australian Book Industry Awards, Literary Book of the Year 2010
Winner Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year 2010
Winner Australian Booksellers Choice Award 2010
Winner Australian Independent Booksellers, Book of the Year 2009
Winner Australian Independent Booksellers, Fiction Book of the Year 2009
Winner Indie Book of the Year Award 2009
Co-Winner West Australian Premier's Award (fiction) 2010 with JM Coetzee
Shortlisted Impac Dublin Literary Award 2011
Shortlisted Australian Miles Franklin Literary Award 2010
Shortlisted Christina Stead Award 2010
Shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Award 2010
Shortlisted New South Wales People's Choice Award 2010
Shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Award 2010
Longlisted United Kingdom Dylan Thomas Prize 2010
Highly Commended Kathleen Mitchell Award 2010

Australia/NZ 2009 · Allen & Unwin
Brazil 2011 · Intrinseca
China 2010 · ThinKingdom
France 2010 · Calmann-Lévy, Hachette
Germany 2011 · Rowohlt Verlag
Israel 2011 · Modan Publishing House
Italy 2010 · Neri Pozza
Korea 2010 · Tin Drum PublishingCompany
Netherlands 2010 · Bezige Bij
Norway 2010 · Cappelen Damm AS
Poland 2011 · Dom WydawniczyRebis
Spain 2010 ·Seix Barral, Planeta
Taiwan 2010 · Solo Press, The Eurasian Publishing Group
Turkey 2013 · Marti Publishing
UK 2010 · Windmill Books, Random House
USA 2011 · Knopf, Random House

* Film rights sold to Australian
director Rebecca O'Brien
* All other rights available

Video – 'Jasper Jones Video Trailer'




Craig Silvey

Meet Eleanor Rigby: tiny, blind and left behind. Led by her zealous, overprotective guide dog, Warren, she courses constantly through the places she knows. Tired, mired and sequestered from the world, Eleanor can't shirk the feeling she's going nowhere slowly. Until, of course, she recognises something in the sound of Ewan Dempsey, reclusive and compulsive maker and player of cellos, who impels in Eleanor a rare moment of caprice …

Winner, Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist, 2005

'…the novel has the charm of early work such as Gustave Flaubert's Novembre and Jack Kerouac's The Subterraneans.' - The Weekend Australian

'…both sad and hilarious … a daring and moving work.' - The West Australian

'Written with wry humour and great depth of perception, this moving and often hilarious novel is a must-read.' - Melbourne Weekly

Publisher: Fremantle Press
Publication Year: 2004

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