Topics: World War I, Australia, World War II Pages: 1 (294 words) Published: March 24, 2013
Anthony Hill is currently a multi-award-winning, bestselling author and his books are based around both kids and adults which results in them being popular. Soldier Boy, being Anthony’s first award-winning book as well as Captain Cook’s Apprentice, was based around the life of the youngest ANZAC soldier, Jim Martin, fighting in World War 1. Anthony Hill pieced together a moving portrait of Jim’s short and tragic life based on the recollections of his family and letters he wrote home for the war, known as the novel, Soldier Boy. Soldier Boy touched the hearts of many as he won the 2002 NSW’s Premier Literary Award for Books for Young Adults. It sold around approximately 80,000 copies and has been re-printed over 17 times. Captain Cook’s Apprentice, Anthony’s most recent book, won the 2009 Premier’s Young People’s History Prize as he continued to write moving and exciting stories with an exceptionally good storyline. Anthony was motivated to write such books on Australia’s History due to the fact that he had an interest in Australian History and War History. Most of his inspiration came from his holiday at Gallipoli where he thought writing a novel about the youngest ANZAC, would inspire other authors and even the World War I survivors. He also knew that he his story would touch the hearts of many who read his book. Anthony is also the author of two novellas which includes Shadow Dog and The Burnt Stick as well as the picture book, Lucy’s Cat and the Rainbow Birds which also won minor awards but were not major like Soldier Boy was. Anthony Hill currently lives in Canberra, Australia with his wife and their daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter, live in Melbourne, Australia.
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