Danielle is an award winning author of Australian non-fiction books. Her writing includes natural history, essays, science-writing, historical fiction and best-selling children’s books as well as documentaries. Her books have won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction, the Federation of Australian Writers award for excellence in nonfiction, a Whitley Award for popular zoology and been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia and National Biography awards and longlisted for The Nib Literary Award.
Danielle grew up in the fishing town of Port Lincoln in South Australia before sailing around the coast with her parents on a boat known as ‘the pirate ship’. After finishing school in far north Queensland she moved to Adelaide to study politics and psychology. Danielle worked as a zookeeper before completing her doctorate in zoology at Oxford University, studying seabirds and feral mink in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. She has been a freelance writer and researcher ever since and also teaches creative and academic writing across Australia.
Danielle's latest book is Koala: A life in trees published in Australia by Black Inc and released in in the US and UK as Koala: A natural history and Uncertain Future by W. W. Norton. She has also written two biographies for adults, In Search of the Woman who Sailed the World and The Wasp and the Orchid, about pioneering women naturalists. Danielle's documentary based on her earlier book Voyages to the South Seas was recently screened on SBS-TV and is available for screening in French and English.
Listen to Danielle discuss books that changed the world as a guest on Jennifer Byrne Presents (ABCTV).