Max Fatchen was 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.
Max began writing books for children in 1966. He wrote more than twenty; three of which received commendation in the Children's Book of the Year Award. He was 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.