John Nicholson is an award-winning author with a passion for the built and natural environment and its impact on human society and history. He originally trained as an architect and has built his own environment-friendly home in the Australian bush. He is renowned for his attractive and accurate illustration of the world around us. Many of John Nicholson's books have been shortlisted in the CBC Book of the Year Awards. Four of them, A Home among the Gum Trees, The First Fleet, Fishing for Islands and Animal Architects, have won the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.