About Alison Lloyd

Alison Lloyd is an Australian children's writer. She writes fiction and non-fiction. Her books have been shortlisted for several awards, and in 2019 her Upside-down History of Downunder won the NSW Premier's History Prize. So far, all of her books have been about the past. 

NEWS! Alison is now writing for adults as well. Have a look at alisonlloydauthor.com.

Alison grew up in Canberra. She was also lucky to live in Europe and Asia when she was a kid. She studied in China for two years - she was in that country when army tanks rolled onto the city streets, to put down the student movement in 1989.

Before she wrote books, Alison worked for the Australian Government, in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. But she has sworn, under the Official Secrets Act, not to tell everything that went on then...

Alison now lives in Melbourne with her family and hundreds of books.


  • reading (of course)
  • the bush, the beach, mountains
  • walking and cycling
  • church
  • making things
  • cake


  • books and movies with a weak plot
  • live snakes (they taste alright cooked)
  • pig's liver (which tastes awful)

Winner of the 2019 NSW Premier's History Award, in the young people's category!

Take a different look at how we became Australia...

UDHDU front cover medThe story of Australia starts with a piece of land that went for a swim. About 200 million years ago it floated away from Africa. Very...very...slowly. For a long time this wild and wonderful land was a mystery to the rest of the world. So how did we end up as 'Australia'?

If you've heard about dinosaurs or the Dreaming, or convicts and Captains, but you don't know how they fit together...

If you love to read about rebels, riches, rights and wrongs...

If you like truth that's stranger than fiction...

Then this is the book for you. The Upside-Down History of Down Under puts all that and more together. In ways you might not expect. It might turn some of your ideas around. 

Take a new look at Australia's history. Order The Upside-Down History of Down Under.

Teachers Resources outline curriculum links and suggest ideas on how to use The Upside Down History in the classroom.

A comprehensive index of the book's contents is available for download, as well as a bibliography and list of quote sources

History Bytes podcast

Munch on sound-bites of history! Listen to bits of Alison Lloyd's books and more.


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I really like to hear what readers think about my books. You are welcome to email me using the form on this page.

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Why do I write?

All of us love stories. I love telling stories. Stories have meanings and I think we all want those too.

I once read that our lives are like an embroidery, or inside out clothes. We only get to see the back side, with all the knots and joins and messy sewing. But God sees the whole picture - the good side.

I like that. When I tell a story, I think I am showing part of the whole picture - the meaning of life.

The meaning that I hope readers will see in Year of the Tiger is this: every person is precious and important, whether they are Chinese or Australian, rich or poor.

Wicked Warriors and Evil Emperors is about power: people want it; they like it; but how should they use it? The First Emperor is ancient history, but Dragons, Devils and Rebels is not. There are still governments in the world today who use brutal methods to control their countries.

Letty is a girl who tries very hard to please other people. She often feels she isn't pretty enough, or old enough, or capable enough, to be loved the way she wants. Fortunately, she is wrong about that...

The Bushranger's Boys is about crime and punishment - who's right, who's wrong, and whether fairness is everything. 

Read them for yourself and tell me what you think

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