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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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Snake Island

3.85 avg rating — 362 ratings — published 2019 — 5 editions
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To Become a Whale

3.84 avg rating — 334 ratings — published 2017 — 6 editions
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The Death of John Lacey

3.89 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2023 — 2 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…





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