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Michael Noonan

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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.

The Patchwork Hero and The December Boys, both timeless Australian classics, were re-released by UQP in 1990.
The December Boys
The December Boys
Michael Noonan

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...

A Different Drummer
A Different Drumme...
Michael Noonan

"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 ...

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