Paul Jennings was born in the UK and emigrated to Australia with his parents as a child. He worked as a teacher, lecturer and speech therapist before becoming a full-time writer at the age of 46.
Jennings has written over 100 stories and has won every Australian children's choice book award. The top-rating TV series Round the Twist was based on a selection of his enormously popular short story collections such as Unseen! In 1995 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to children's literature and he was awarded the prestigious Dromkeen Medal in 2001.