This was my life, my career, my brilliant career!
Stella Maria Sarah Miles Franklin, known as Miles Franklin (1879-1954) was an Australian writer and feminist who is best known for her novel My Brilliant Career, published in 1901. While she wrote throughout her life, her other major literary success, All That Swagger, was not published until 1936. She was committed to the development of a uniquely Australian form of literature, and she actively pursued this goal by supporting writers, literary journals, and writers' organisations. She has had a long-lasting impact on Australian literary life through her endowment of a major literary award known as the Miles Franklin Award. Australian illustrator Brian Harrison-Lever was a designer in the television industry before spending fourteen years at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, lecturing in design and drawing. He retired from education in 1997 and moved to from Western Australia to Tasmania, where he now works as a freelance illustrator. Books he has illustrated include the war-based Australian stories In Flanders Fields and Photographs in the Mud, and Call of the Osprey, about an old seafarer renovating a derelict steam-boat. James and Gillian worked together at ELT materials developer International Language Teaching Services, and now run their own ELT business at ELT Essentials in Australia's New South Wales. James is the author of numerous successful books and series for English language learners, including the fiction readers The Young Riders and Planespotting (a finalist in the 2009 Language Learner Literature Awards). Having been a teacher for many years, Gillian's books for English language learners around the world include Focus on Reading, Mastery in Reading, Grammar Club, Which Side Are You On?, Listen to This, Pop Culture and The New Millennium.