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Matthew's story

Matthew Ryan Davies is an author, freelance copywriter and editor from Melbourne. He has ghostwritten seven nonfiction titles, written features for Australian magazines, published more than 100 articles online and written scripts for television commercials and documentaries.

Matthew works mostly in the health sphere, editing university textbooks for medical and nursing students and writing for healthcare organisations such as Beyond Blue, Cancer Council Victoria and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. 


Matthew is the author of This Thing of Darkness (Scholastic, 2018), a contemporary young adult novel about guilt, grief, love and forgiveness set in modern-day Melbourne. As a manuscript, This Thing of Darkness was highly commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.


Things We Bury (2022) was Matthew's first book for the adult market. It has been optioned for a TV series. The Broken Wave (2023) is Matthew's second general fiction novel. The story was inspired by a real-life friendship from Matthew's childhood.


Matthew served as an Emerging Writers’ Festival board member for five years, with a two-year stint as the festival’s chair. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and two grown children.

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