Max Fatchen AM
|Born||3 September 1920|
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Died||14 October 2012 92) (aged|
Gawler, South Australia, Australia
|Notable awards||Walkley Award (1996)|
Maxwell Edgar "Max" Fatchen, AM (3 August 1920 –14 October 2012) was an Australian children's writer and journalist.
Max Fatchen spent his childhood on an Adelaide Plains farm at Angle Vale. He learned to drive a team of Clydesdale horses and did part of his secondary school studies at home, driving his horse and buggy once a week to Gawler High School to have his papers corrected.[ citation needed ]
He entered journalism as a copy boy, and after five years in the Australian Army [ citation needed ]and Royal Australian Air Force during World War II, he became a journalist with The News and later The Advertiser . He covered many major stories in Australia and overseas.
Four decades of writing for children, especially those of primary school age, began in 1966 with The River Kings. His children's poems, such as "Just fancy that", remain popular. He wrote 20 books; his novels appear in seven countries, and his poetry appears throughout the English-speaking world.[ citation needed ]
The River Kings and Conquest of the River were the basis for a TV mini-series, The River Kings , in 1991.
He died on 14 October 2012 in his sleep.
Andrew Male Other Times Wakefield Press, Adelaide (1997) includes selections from Max's writings, many not previously republished ISBN 9781862543836
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