John Marsden is one of Australia’s most acclaimed and widely read authors and the founder and principal of two schools. His latest book, The Art of Growing Up, distills his forty years’ experience of teaching, writing and engaging with the minds of young people into a personal manifesto, risking backlash from the most sensitive readership of all – parents – with his noholds-barred theory on the best way to nurture and support our next generation of adults.
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John Marsden has written more than 40 books, mostly for teenagers and children. He has sold over five million books worldwide, and has won every major award in Australia for young people's fiction. His 2015 book for adults, South of Darkness, won the Christina Stead Award for Best Novel. John's passionate interest in education led him to start two successful schools and his latest book is The Art of Growing Up, a non-fiction work about education and parenting.
Alice Pung is an award-winning author whose books include Unpolished Gem, Her Father's Daughter and Close to Home. She edited the anthologies Growing up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson, and is currently the writer in residence at Janet Clarke Hall at the University of Melbourne.