Bradley Trevor Greive AM


Bradley Trevor Greive (BTG) is a Tasmanian writer and a former Paratrooper Platoon Commander in the Australian Army. He began his career in publishing as a cartoonist with the Sydney Morning Herald and, after a decade of unrelenting failure, became an overnight success when his first published book, The Blue Day Book, was a surprise international hit. BTG has since gone on to become the world’s most successful humour author, with numerous New York Times bestsellers and global sales in excess of 30,000,000 copies across 115 countries.

The author of 26 books is also a semi-indestructible adventure sportsman, certified Cosmonaut and a former Polynesian Rock-Lifting Champion, as well as a respected Wildlife Conservationist and Television Personality. He is the Executive Producer and host of Fear Island: Fortress of the Bears (Animal Planet), provided numerous character voices for PIXAR’s animated blockbuster, Finding Nemo, and has been the resident Wildlife Expert on both The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS) and Chelsea Lately (E!). BTG produced two sell-out stage shows for John Cleese, and his most recent international best-seller, Penguin Bloom, is soon to be a major motion picture; to be produced by Reese Witherspoon and starring Naomi Watts. The Carnival of the Australian Animals, BTG’s adaptation of The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, has been performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at Federation Concert Hall, the Melbourne Youth Orchestra at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and will have two engagements with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the iconic Sydney Opera House in September 2017.

In addition to his next (as yet unnamed) book, and an upcoming lecture series on creative thinking, BTG currently has television productions underway in Tasmania, Ethiopia, Alaska and Siberia. In spite of his many creative achievements and accolades, BTG’s reputation as a serious cultural figure had been compromised by his being repeatedly attacked by woolly monkeys, porcupines and fairy penguins. Much of his person has been scarred and disfigured during regrettable wildlife encounters (his left nipple was gored by a reindeer, and his right nipple was bitten by a Mexican jack fish), BTG contracted chlamydial conjunctivitis from Koala urine, and on at least one occasion was sexually assaulted by a giant bat. He has so far endured seventeen major surgeries and five treatments for rabies.

A two-time ABIA Book of The Year winner (2000 and 2017) BTG was also awarded the Order of Australia in 2014 for his services to literature and wildlife conservation. BTG is happily married and currently divides his residency between Australia and the USA in order to placate his parents and his American in-laws … though in truth he spends a great deal of time in a remote corner of Alaska avoiding them both, so much so that in 2016 he became a formally adopted member of the Tlingit Deisheetaan clan of Kootznoowoo (BTG’s given Tlingit name is Yáa Gí Yéil (Raven by the pond)).

BTG’s most recent books are:
Penguin Bloom – The Odd Little Bird Who Saved a Family (ABC Books)
In Praise Of Idleness – A Timeless Essay (Nero)

The 20th anniversary edition of the bestselling The Blue Day Book published in April 2019 with HarperCollins.

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