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Hilary Bell

Hilary Bell met Antonia Pesenti in Paris over 20 years ago and have been friends ever since. Hilary is an award-winning playwright. Their friendship turned into a collaboration when they created the bestselling Alphabetical Sydney and, later, Numerical Street. Summer Time is their tribute to the places and rituals of an Australian summer and involved testing waterslides and tasting Neapolitan ice cream for the first time in yonks.

Books from this author
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Summer Time
October 2019
LONGLISTED for the 2020 ABIA Small Publisher's Children's Book of the Year
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Alphabetical Sydney
October 2013
This is our Sydney, the brightest and best of it, North to the south to the east and the west of it. Bats and cicadas, lawn bowls and the zoo, This is our town. Let us share it with you.
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Numerical Street
November 2015
Age range 3 to 8 Count as you walk up Numerical Street. Every page has a numerical treat. Get your pants altered, get your keys cut, Open the book before the shops shut.
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The Marvellous Funambulist of Middle Harbour and Other Sydney Firsts
Hilary Bell, illustrated by Matthew Martin
December 2015
Age range 6–9 years     This is a story of Sydney     In order of who did what first:     The incidents, places and people,     All illustrated and versed.
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Alphabetical Sydney: 10th anniversary edition
December 2022
Alphabetical Sydney turns ten!