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Michael Panckridge


Michael Panckridge has written over thirty five books, many with a sporty theme, making them ideal reads for boys and reluctant readers. They are pacy, readable and hit the spot!

Where were you born?

I was born in Geelong – love the city, love the Cats!

What other jobs have you had?

At night, while fast asleep, I have played cricket for Australia, full forward for Geelong, sunk the winning putt at St Andrews and collected my fourth Wimbledon trophy. Day time sees me teaching!

What themes are recurring in your work?

Sport is the main theme; I have included informational text in lots of my books – scores, records, results, maps, and quizzes. I also enjoy the mysterious, spooky and slightly sinister adventures and my later books have these themes running through them.

What have been the highlights of your career?

I am proud to be the author of so many books and to have sold over 150 000 copies! Getting 50 000 copies of The Cursed into America was exciting as is planning for a film of the same novel!


Michael has been visiting our school for several years now. He is a passionate, funny and empathetic speaker and the students love him.
He has the ability to capture the imagination of his listeners with his anecdotal stories and carry them along with him on his journey as an author.
Because he is a teacher with years of experience, he is adept at engaging his entire audience.

—J. Doubleday, Luther College, August 2017

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