Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and went to live in Australia when he was sixteen. He worked as a frozen-chicken thawer, suger-mill rolling-stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, department-store Santa, TV producer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now he's one of the bestselling children's authors in Australia. He lives in Melbourne, but visits Britain regularly. His many books include WATER WINGS, BOY OVERBOARD, TOAD RAGE, BUMFACE, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal, and TWO WEEKS WITH THE QUEEN, winner of the Children's Book Award.