Max Fatchen is a South Australian journalist and children's writer. He began work at the Adelaide News as a copy boy in the late 1930s. After serving in the RAAF for five years during the Second World War he returned to Adelaide and began work as a journalist with the Adelaide News and later the Adelaide Advertiser. He currently writes a weekly column for the Advertiser.
Max began writing books for children in 1966. He has now written over 20 books, three of which have received commendation in the Children's Book of the Year Award. He is also the recipient of multiple other awards and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1980. Max died after an illness on 14 October, 2012, aged 92.