Message

$16.99

Fair Dinkum Histories #5: A Nation of Swaggies & Diggers

Author French,Jackie

Illustrator Sheehan,Peter

Item Code 8510144

Product Type Book

Format Paperback

ISBN 9781742762487

Series Fair Dinkum Histories

Publisher OMNIBUS BOOKS

  • Description
  • Details
  • About Author

The Australian colonies had come a long way since they were a dumping ground for grim crims and convicts. Life was comfortable—at least for some. But soon drought would send swaggies waltzing their matildas along the roads, and bad times would make politicians dream of uniting the country into one nation. And then a far-off war would create a different kind of digger. What they brought back home would make greater changes to Australia than gold ever did.

Meet the scabs and the swaggies, battling politicians, doddering generals, sheep stealers and heroic diggers who finally turned us into a nation!

Genre: Non Fiction / Reference, Historical Fiction Subject: History Reading Level: Upper Primary, Lower Secondary School Year: Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 Ages: 10 to 14 Page Count: 176
Jackie French

Where are you from?

I’m a writer, dinosaur wrestler and wombat tamer from the Araluen Valley NSW.

Where did you go to school?
I went to three schools, only one of which burnt down. (This was not my fault).

What is your favourite book/food/colour?  
My favourite book is 'lots'.
My favourite food is 'lots' too, specially iced watermelon and mangoes.
My favourite colour is purple, except if it's cheese or grass or wombats.

How do you think up ideas?
I buy my ideas 5 kg at a time from a small shop at the end of the mall that pretends to sell mobile phones. They have a sale every third Tuesday. Tell them Jackie sent you and they'll give you 10% discount.

Do you have a special place where you write?
I write everywhere and anytime, except it doesn't get written down when I am in the bath and no-one can read the notes made on scraps of paper. The legible bits are written at my desk, but need someone to correct the spelling and typos.

What is the best thing about being a writer?
The great thing about being a writer is that you can talk to any famous person in the past and ride an elephant at the same time. Creating ideas needs practise, just like being a football player: the more you train, the better you are. The next great thing about being a writer is that you get paid to daydream.

Website/blog details
Website (includes wombats) www.jackiefrench.com
Jackie French is also the 2014–15 Australian Children's Laureate

Write your message below to post a review: