Nick Earls was born in Northern Ireland and moved with his family to Australia in 1972. He was educated at the Church of England Grammar School and graduated from the University of Queensland in 1986 with an honours degree in medicine. During the late 1980s and early 1990s he worked in general practice, hospitals and for an insurance company while building his career as a writer. Earls published a book of poems in 1985 and a collection of short stories in 1992, but he attracted most attention when he published Zigzag Street and the young adult novel After January in 1996. Widely admired for the comic elements of his fiction, Earls is now the author of nine books: Passion (1992), After January (1996), Zigzag Street (1996), Bachelor Kisses (1998), 48 Shades of Brown (1999), Headgames (1999), Perfect Skin (2001), World of Chickens (2001), and Making Laws for Clouds (2002). Zigzag Street won a Betty Trask Award in the UK in 1998 and 48 Shades of Brown won the 2000 Children's Book Council Book of the Year--Older Readers Award. Nick Earls lives and writes in Brisbane.
From the description of Papers [manuscript]. 1989-2003. (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225712201