Harold Edward James Aldridge, born 10 July 1918, is an Australian-British writer and journalist. Aldridge was born in White Hills, a suburb of Bendigo, Victoria. By the mid-1920s the Aldridge family had moved to Swan Hill, and many of his Australian stories are based on his life growing up there. Aldridge moved to London in 1938 and currently lives in Battersea, South West London. His World War II dispatches were published worldwide and he was the author of over 30 books, both fiction and non-fiction works, including war and adventure novels and books for children.

In 1971 he was a member of the jury at the 7th Moscow International Film Festival.

Aldridge won a Lenin Peace Prize in 1972 for "his outstanding struggle for the preservation of peace". That year he also won the Gold Medal for Journalism from the Organisation for International Journalists. And he has won the World Peace Council Gold Medal.

For The True Story of Spit Macphee (Viking, 1986) he won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book award judged by a panel of British children's writers

James Aldridge

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