Danielle Clode is a narrative nonfiction writer whose work encompasses natural history, essays, science-writing, historical fiction and best-selling children’s books.
She has lived on a boat, worked in zoos and museums and studied psychology and zoology, completing a doctorate on seabirds and feral mink in Scotland. Danielle has been a freelance writer and researcher for the last 20 years, teaching creative and academic writing as an associate professor at Flinders University.
Her books have won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction, Whitley Award for popular zoology and have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia and National Biography awards. Recent titles include The Wasp and the Orchid, a biography of the remarkable naturalist and nature writer, Edith Coleman, and In Search of the Woman Who Sailed the World, about the French botanist Jeanne Barret, both published by Picador.
In 2021, Danielle adapted Voyages to the South Seas into a bilingual documentary based which screened nationally on SBS TV.
She currently lives in a fire prone area of the Adelaide Hills, alongside an abundance of koalas, which inspired her latest book Koala: A life in trees.