Philip Ian McLaren was born in Redfern, Australia, one of seven children, a descendant of the Kamilaroi people from the Warrumbungle Mountain region in northwestern New South Wales.
His first novel, Sweet Water – Stolen Land, won the 1992 David Unaipon Award.
Published by Magabala Books 2001. First published by University of Queensland Press, 1993. 196 pages, Paperback