Marianne van Velzen

Marianne van Velzen was born in the Netherlands but grew up in Australia. In her late teens she emigrated back to Europe and later became a journalist. She has a life-long interest in Australia and is the author of Call of the Outback, published in 2016, and Bomber Boys, published in 2017.



The incredible life story of the original nomadic writer... Call of the Outback provides a vivid portrait of Ernestine, from the early brilliance she showed as a child in Brisbane to her later life.
Queensland Times

Marianne Van Velzen has captured Hill's extraordinary life
Sunday Territorian

With drama, amazing scenery and a clandestine love affair with a man from one of Australia's most prominent families, the story of Ernestine Hill is just waiting to make it to the big screen... a fascinating, entertaining yarn
The Weekly Times