Her career spans 20 years, 148 wombats, 36 languages, 3,721 bush rats, over 60 awards in Australia and overseas, mobs of possibly insane lyrebirds, "Burke's Backyard" TV segments, radio shows, newspaper and magazine columns, theories of pest and weed ecology and 27 shredded back doormats. The doormats are the victims of the wombats who require constant appeasement in the form of carrots, rolled oats and wombat nuts, which is one of the reasons for her prolific output: it pays the carrot bills.
Author's Comment: Q: Where is your favourite place to write?
A: My study. 20,000 books, 10 squares metres piled with paper, 5 square metres of free floor, two desks, both generations old, one hand carved family sized rocking horse made with wood from a fallen casaurina tree, 100 varied wombat statues (approximately), all gifts - I would never buy one - three walls of windows looking out at a creek, a wombat hole, an orchard of 800 fruit trees and about 272 kinds of fruit, a tangle of roses and salvias, 112 species of birds, a geranium-eating wallaby and, occasionally, my husband.
Featured series by Jackie French
Animal Rescue (Ages 7 and up)