David Cox

David Cox was born and reared in country Queensland. When he left school, he worked for five years as a jackaroo on outback sheep and cattle stations. At age twenty-one, he went to London and enrolled at St Martin's School of Art. He stayed in Europe for eight years, spending time in France and Spain. Back in Australia, he worked as an artist in the newspaper industry, while illustrating children's books with texts by other writers as well as his own picture books. In 2007 he was awarded the Dame Isabelle Rankin Award for distinguished services to Children's Literature in Queensland.

David has been a full time freelance writer/illustrator for the last twenty-four years, working from his home studio in Brisbane. One of his hobbies is singing. He is coached by his wife, pianist/composer, Betty Beath, Betty and David have written music theatre pieces about St Francis of Assisi and David regularly acts as cantor at St Phillips Church, which is attached to a Franciscan friary.

Books by David Cox

Good Enough for a Sheep Station

Published: February 2015

Completing the trilogy that began with The Road to Goonong and continued with The Fair Dinkum War, David Cox explores his relationship with his father and his life as a stockman on a sheep station. His warm observations in words and pictures reveal a resilient quintessential Australian spirit.

Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am?

Published: November 2013

The essential gift book for all the family, as experts answer impossible questions posed by kids.

The Fair Dinkum War

Published: February 2013

Artist David Cox recalls what it was like to be a child during World War Two, and his warm observations reveal a resilient quintessential Australian spirit. A companion to his much loved picture book The Road to Goonong.

The Road to Goonong

Published: August 2011

This glorious story of a bush childhood - growing up on the family farm with horses and animals, eccentric neighbours and a loving family - captures the enduring spirit of Australian country people.

Middling, Meddling, Muddling

Published: June 1997

A provocative collection which challenges the whole direction of Australia's foreign affairs effort.

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