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Subject: Donald Payne, Author ("Walkabout") died in Aug.

Dead at 94
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 02:22:18pm

Real name: Donald Gordon Payne.

He died in Surrey, England.


The Sydney Morning Herald

Using three pseudonyms, one with Australian connections, Donald Payne, who has died aged 94, was the author of some 40 books including Walkabout which was made into the film of the same name starring Jenny Agutter. He was also a consultant editor for many years for the Readers Digest.

He served in the Fleet Air Arm as a 21-year-old pilot flying Swordfish during World II, escorting convoys across the Atlantic and to Russia.

He was later to write about his wartime experiences in several books that were well received. He was best known in Australia as the author of Walkabout, made into the film by Nicolas Roeg in 1971.

Donald Gordon Payne was born in Denmark Hill in South East London in January 1924. His father, Francis, was a New Zealander, who served in the First World War with the ANZACS. His mother was Evelyn Rodgers, a nurse during the Great War.

Donald Payne's novel Walkabout has remained in print since its first publication in 1959.

He was educated at Dulwich College Preparatory School and then at Charterhouse School. As a child he travelled with his parents to New Zealand and parts of the East coast of Australia an experience which left him with a lifelong affection for these countries.

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"Walkabout" was filmed in 1971 by Nicolas Roeg (who died last month) (NT).Tuesday, December 11, 02:23:28pm

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