Children's novelist
Geoffrey McSkimming is the author of the enormously successful Cairo Jim chronicles, which have been in print in Australia and throughout the world since 1991.

Whilst researching the Cairo Jim books, Geoffrey ventured into the depths of the pyramids at Giza in Egypt, trekked through the Andes mountains, visited many Greek temples over 4,000 years old, climbed the immense Mexican pyramids, safaried through the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania and sweltered on Zanzibar island - to name a few memorable experiences!

He is writing a new series for children featuring girl star Phyllis Wong. The first book in the series, Phyllis Wong and the secrets of Mr Okyoto, was published by Allen & Unwin in 2012. The second book in the series, Phyllis Wong and the return of the conjuror, was in 2014 by Allen & Unwin. Phyllis Wong and the Waking of the Wizard, the third installment in this adventure series will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2015.