Gillian Barnett was born in 1948 in Melbourne. According to the Hodder edition of Gumboots and Other Risks, she still lives near Melbourne 'with her husband and two ugly dogs'. For eleven years she lived in the countryside and was 'familiar with gumboots, snakes, red-back spiders and horses'. She lectured in adult and children's literature and fiction writing at Monash University. The Inside Hedge Story was shortlisted for the Australian Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards in 1982. Gumboots and Other Risks won the 1993 Australian Library and the Information Association's Hoffman Award.
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