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Ben Hobson lives in Brisbane and is entirely keen on his wife, Lena, and their two small boys, Charlie and Henry. He also has a superb pooch named Lincoln, which Charlie forced him to write about in his biography. He currently teaches English and Music at a Queensland High School, and has a keen interest in philosophy, theology, writing and reading.

Born in Gippsland, Victoria, Ben grew up surrounded by the sights and smells of the country. His early interest in creativity saw him pursue music both academically and artistically, graduating from QUT in 2011 with a degree, and travelling the country with Sounds Like Chicken, a ska/rock/hardcore hybrid.

In 2014 his novella, If the Saddle Breaks My Spine, was shortlisted for the Viva La Novella
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Ben Hobson I guess I kind've just force myself to write terribly for a while until it improves. I have very little time to spare writing every day, so when I eke…moreI guess I kind've just force myself to write terribly for a while until it improves. I have very little time to spare writing every day, so when I eke out a moment within which to write, it's go time! I type as fast as I can and don't look back until I'm editing.(less)
Ben Hobson The idea for To Become a Whale came from a very simple premise: a father and son, on the beach, building a home together. I wanted to explore what it …moreThe idea for To Become a Whale came from a very simple premise: a father and son, on the beach, building a home together. I wanted to explore what it means to be a father, and how, as a son, we can often misunderstand our fathers, who are really just men. The journey to the whaling station came later, but was a very welcome, interesting addition!(less)
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To Become a Whale

3.84 avg rating — 280 ratings — published 2017 — 3 editions
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3.95 avg rating — 224 ratings — published 2019 — 4 editions
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Visiting America (sort of)

I’ve always wanted to visit America. And, on October 20th this year, I will!





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I’m of course talking about Snake Island’s North American release. It’s a big moment and I’m still not sure I’ll ever believe it really happened, unless I see it in person.





I’m also going to get one of my books in a hardcover for the first time ever. That’ll go straight to the pool room…





I’ve received a few early re

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"Opening with a pelican injured on the beach, this story of families, their history and choices which create turmoil and unintended consequences is revealed. Each chapter is voiced by a different character as the action unfolds of life and events in a" Read more of this review »
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I don’t know how he writes these things. There’s a simple elegance to his writing I admire deeply.
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"I try not to overdo the superlatives when it comes to discussing books, but Rowan Wilson’s new novel To Name Those Lost is magnificent. Somehow he has managed to capture both the brutality and the redemptive promise of early Tasmania in a superb nove" Read more of this review »
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"I have had the pleasure of reading author Rohan Wilson’s first two novels in quick succession and am glad I have. The first, The Roving Party, was a very good historical fiction based on actual events that portrayed the brutality Van Diemans Land dur" Read more of this review »
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"I'm not sure what to make of this novel. It was fast paced and had a reasonable story-line but the characters all seem to be sociopaths including the good guys. It hankers back to the Hatfield's and the McCoy's and their blood feud...yet it ticked ev" Read more of this review »
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