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Arnold Christopher "Kit" Denton (5 May 1928 — April 1997) was a British-born Australian writer, soldier and broadcaster. He was also the father of comedian and television presenter Andrew Denton.
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Born in London, England in 1928, Denton was raised in the East End until he joined the British Army where he served a radio broadcaster with the British Forces Broadcasting Service in Germany.
He emigrated to Australia in the late 1940s, and worked as a gold miner in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. From 1951 until 1965, he worked for the Australian Broadcasting Commission as an announcer, and eventually moved on to screenwriting, producing and directing television. In the 1970s, an anonymous television critic for The Australian newspaper was revealed to be Kit Denton, writing under the pseudonym "Janus".
Denton had an abiding interest in military history, and is best known for his novel The Breaker (1973), based on the story of Breaker Morant. Although it is often considered that the film Breaker Morant was based on Denton's book, it was in fact based on a play by Kenneth G. Ross, who successfully sued publisher Angus & Robertson when they publicised Denton's novel as the source for the film. Denton also wrote For Queen and Commonwealth, about British military forces in the late 19th century, and Gallipoli: One Long Grave (1986), a book about the Battle of Gallipoli.
Denton died in April 1997 at his home in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.
In August 2006, Denton's son Andrew announced a new A$25,000 writing scholarship in his father's name: the Kit Denton Fellowship, which would be presented to members of the Australian Writers' Guild from 2007 onwards.