‘His Story – A Novel Memoir – The Life and Times of Dick O’Toole’ is the new novel by UEA alumnus Nigel Gray and has recently been published by Fontaine Press in Australia. Nigel graduated from the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1983 and is the author of ninety published works that have been translated into twenty-seven languages.
Among his books for children, ‘I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole’ (1985) was the winner of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Best Book of the Year Award and the Limburg Children’s Book Prize in Holland; ‘Shots’ (1986) won the Children’s Book Foundation Book of the Year Award; ‘ A Country Far Away’ (1988) won the Children’s Book Foundation Book of the Year Award, as well as the Christian Media Children’s Book Prize in France, and Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year Award in America; ‘Little Bear’s Grandad’ (2000) won the Prix Chronos in France. His previous works for adults include ‘The Rebels and the Hostage’ (1978), which won a North West Arts Award, ‘Life Sentence’ (1984), which was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in Australia, and ‘Skeleton in the Cupboard’ (2000), which was shortlisted for the Western Australia Premier’s Award. Nigel emigrated with his family to Australia in 1988, and subsequently gained a PhD from the University of Western Australia. His website can be found here: www.nigelgray-author.com