Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
The Book of Wirrun
“We didn't even much like the few [Australian books] we had; there weren't any smugglers' caves, or castles with hidden treasures, or boarding schools, or people who talked in a funny way,” Patricia Wrightson told Authors & Artists for Young Adults. “There were no snowy Christmases, with Yule logs on the roaring fires and people making punch; no springtime rejoicing, and far too much heat in summer. In fact—very subtly, and without our even knowing it—our books were teaching us that it was not much fun, and not very important, to be Australian; that every other place in the world was more interesting, and books about every other place were better and more exciting.”
Thus, Wrightson, an Australian, said that she felt like a pioneer when she began writing books for teen readers that were set in her native land.
Born Patricia Furlonger, the daughter of a solicitor (lawyer) and a homemaker, the author lived on a farm for several years before the family relocated to a city. As a youngster, she devoured a set of Charles Dickens books purchased by her father and then expanded her horizons to other writers. As much as she enjoyed these books,