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Noonan, Michael

Michael Noonan (1921-2000), novelist, author of children’s books, scriptwriter and playwright, had work published, produced, and broadcast all over the world in a career spanning 50 years.

His first published book, In the Land of the Talking Trees, was written while he was on active service in New Guinea with the AIF. After being discharged, he studied Art at the National Gallery, Melbourne, and humanities at University of Sydney.

Noonan first became established as a radio script writer. His radio series and serials, totalling thousands of episodes, have been produced in over 20 countries. He helped pioneer Australian filmed television production for international markets with the first half-hour and hour series produced in this country. These include the original Flying Doctor series, Wiplash, Riptide, Sergeant Cork, S.S. Jezebel, Mr Tumbleweed, and Black Beauty.

Noonan also wrote numerous novels and works of nonfiction for both adult and younger readers. Among these are six Flying Doctor books, McKenzie’s Boots (UQP 1987), Magwitch, and a biography of E.J. Banfield, The Beachcomber of Dunk Island – A Different Drummer (UQP 1986).

In 1957, Noonan moved to England, but made frequent return trips to Australia on assignment. He moved back to Australia permanently in 1979 and lived in Brisbane.

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A Different Drummer

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"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears." H.D. Thoreau E.J. Banfield became a legendary figure after "The Confessions of a Beachcomber" was published in London in 1908. Banfield and his wife Bertha had done what most people only dream of doing: they had gone to live on an idyllic island within Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Banfield wrote innumerable articles and found books about their life on Dunk Island. These writings, together with Banfield's diaries and other unpublished material, have provided Michael Noonan with the basis for his biography. A gifted storyteller, Noonan presents a fascinating tale of the Beachcomber's life, his long romance with Bertha, and their brave adventure on one of the world's most delightful frontiers. "This is a warm, lively and understanding biography ... the definitive account of a life worth recalling." Geoffrey Hutton, "Age" "The volume is one to treasure". Olaf Ruhen, "Australian" "Readers fond of Robinson Crusoe will be charmed by this biography". "Publisher's Weekly" "A Different Drummer is a remarkable book, patiently and accurately researched, and extremely well written and presented." John Orrell, "Cairns Post"


The December Boys

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When a group of close friends leave the dusty outback orphanage where they’ve grown up for a summer holiday together at the coast, their future is full of possibilities...