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Robert Newton is an Australian author and full-time firefighter with the Metropolitan Fire Bridge. He has written six works of young-adult fiction. Newton received the Prime Minster's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction for his novel When We Were Two.
Set in the slums of Melbourne in 1919, Robert Newton's Runner follows fifteen-year-old Charlie Feehan as he drops out of school to take a job running packages and collecting money for a notorious gangster named Squizzy Taylor.