Donald G. Payne

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Donald Gordon Payne (born 3 January 1924 in London) is an English author.


Using James Vance Marshall as a pseudonym, Payne has written such books as A River Ran Out of Eden (1962) and White-Out (1999). His most famous book is probably Walkabout (1959), first published as The Children[1][2] and later made into a movie featuring Jenny Agutter.

Payne has also used Ian Cameron and Donald Gordon as pseudonyms. As Donald Gordon, he has published, among others, Riders of the Storm (2002), an official history of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. As Ian Cameron, he published the novel The Lost Ones (1961), later dramatized by The Walt Disney Company as the movie The Island at the Top of the World, as well as the novels The Mountains at the Bottom of the World (1972) and The White Ship (1975).

He has also edited several Reader's Digest volumes, such as the Travels & Adventure series.

He lives in Surrey, England, and has four sons and one daughter.


  • Walkabout (1959)
  • The Lost Ones (1961)
  • A River Ran Out of Eden (1962)
  • Star-Raker (1962)
  • Flight of the Bat (1964)
  • My boy John that went to Sea (1966)
  • The Mountains at the Bottom of the World (1975)
  • The White Ship (1975)
  • White-Out (1999)
  • Riders of the Storm (2002)
  • Also from the South (2003)


  1. "The Children". OCLC Worldcat. Retrieved 1 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Walkabout". Atlantic Monthly. 309 (3): 94. April 2012. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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