In 1969, a young Tasmanian artist named Geoffrey Middleton discovered the secret of the lost diamonds of Killiecrankie. For nearly thirty years he kept his knowledge from the world, until his guilt drove him to confess all to novelist Gary Crew and illustrator Peter Gouldthorpe. Crew and Gouldthorpe have collaborated to present this intricate story with unparalleled originality collecting a veritable library of maps, paintings, letters and other documents to create an enthralling storybook pastiche.
Gary Crew writes short stories, novels and picture books. Gary is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He is particularly interested in researching the creative links between fiction and nonfiction in his novels and the creative interface between print text and visual text in his picture books. During his publishing career of over 30 years Gary has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year four times, twice for novels and twice for his picture books; the New South Wales Premier's Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the American Children's Book of Distinction, the Aurealis Best Children's Short Fiction, the Wilderness Society's Award for Environmental Writing, and the Royal Geographic Society Whitley Award. Gary lives on the waterfront of subtropical Bribie Island. When he is not writing or lecturing, he loves to walk by the sea or read.