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John Larkin
Born John Brendan Larkin
20 April 1963 (1963-04-20) (age 58)
Maltby, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Occupation Writer
Period 1993–present
Genre Young adult fiction
Notable works
  • The Shadow Girl
  • The Pause
Notable awards 2012 Victorian Premier's Award

2015 Queensland Literary Award

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John Brendan Larkin (born 20 April 1963) is an Australian writer. He is best known for The Shadow Girl and The Pause, both published by Penguin Random House. The Pause was released in April 2015 and won the Griffith University Young Adult Book Award at the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards. The Shadow Girl won the 2012 Victorian Premier's Award for young adult fiction.

Life and career

Larkin was born in the mining town of Maltby, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire (now South Yorkshire), England. His mother, Pat, was also from Maltby and his father Brendan is originally from Ireland. The family emigrated to Australia in the late 1960s landing in Sydney on Christmas Eve 1969. John is the middle child of three. He has an older sister Trish and a younger brother Paul who currently lives in Western Australia, although John currently lives in Sydney. Larkin attended Toongabbie Public School and Pendle Hill High School. He studied English literature at Macquarie University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education and a master's degree in creative writing. He is now still writing books and also teaches at schools such as Knox Grammar Preparatory School. Larkin has a daughter named Chantelle, who is studying to be a doctor. He also has a son, Damian, who is a lifeguard, firefighter, and in the army reserves.

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