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Alexander the Great : Reckless Conqueror - Carole Wilkinson

Alexander the Great

Reckless Conqueror

Paperback

Published: 1st August 2004
For Ages: 11 - 13 years old
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What exactly made Alexander so Great? King by age 20, he led an army of 50,000 men and defeated armies five times the size of his own. He conquered most of the known world. Over two thousand years later he is regarded as one of the greatest leaders of all time. Was he a brilliant warrior or a ruthless invader?

About the Author

Carole Wilkinson is an award-winning author of books for children. She has a longstanding fascination with dragons and is interested in the history of everything. Carole is a meticulous researcher who finds it difficult to stop researching and begin writing. She once searched for weeks to find out whether there were daffodils in Han Dynasty China. Carole is married, has a daughter, and lives in inner-city Melbourne.

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I didn’t start writing until I was quite old — nearly 40. Before that, I worked as a laboratory assistant. My jobs involved working with a lot of blood and brains. You might think this sounds a bit gory, but I quite enjoyed working in a laboratory. The trouble was I always had this niggling feeling that it wasn’t what I was meant to be doing.

One day I realised what I’ve always wanted to be—a writer! I don’t know why it took me so long to work that out. When I was at school in the 1960s (a very long time ago) it didn’t sound like the sort of thing a girl from Port Adelaide could ever do, so I suppose I didn’t think of it back then. Once I’d decided to try and become a writer, I went to university. I wrote lots of things at university including my first novel. I didn’t think it was very good. I showed it to a friend who worked in publishing. I don’t think she thought it was very good either, but she must have seen some potential because she asked me if I could write a teenage novel. ‘Yes,’ I said, when actually I was thinking ‘Are you serious? Of course I can’t!’

I’d never thought about writing for young people. I tried to think of a story. My daughter was at high school, and something she was doing at the time gave me an idea. My friend liked my idea. So I went ahead and wrote the whole novel. That was my first published book. It was published in 1996 and was called Stagefright.

I sometimes wish I’d started writing when I was younger, but then I think things have worked out okay. I find that I have lots of ideas and so far I’ve never had ‘writers’ block’ (touch wood). I might have got a late start, but I’ve been trying to make up for lost time. I’ve written 30-odd books, some short stories, a telemovie and some TV and planetarium scripts.

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ISBN: 9781876372330
ISBN-10: 1876372338
Series: Drum Ser.
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 11 - 13 years old
For Grades: 7 - 10
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 13.5 x 20.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1