Our Authors

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Author Ian Heads

Ian Heads OAM

Author of  Talbot,  The Wide World of Ken Sutcliffe and Big Artie ;  co-author of And the Crowd Went Wild and The Fittler Files.

Ian Heads has covered the passing parade of Australian sport for 50 years—as a sportswriter for newspapers and magazines.

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Author Larry Writer

Larry Writer

Author of Razor and Fine Thanks Mate

Larry Writer is an experienced journalist, author and publisher with an impressive resume.

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Author Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster

Author of Supercoach: The Life and Times of Jack GibsonGaz (with rugby league legend Mark Gasnier), The Voice: The Ray Warren Story and Pumper (with jockey, Jim Cassidy)

Andrew Webster is the chief sports writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Author Neil Cadigan

Neil Cadigan

Author of A Man Among Mavericks and Rugby League Yarns

Journalist and author, Neil Cadigan, is a former winner of the Australian Sports Writer of the Year Award.

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Author Ray Warren

Ray Warren

Author of The Voice: The Ray Warren Story

Ray Warren is one of the most experienced sports broadcasters in Australia. The son of a railway worker, he began calling racing and rugby league in country NSW in 1966, and worked for several radio stations and Channel Ten before joining the Nine Network in 1989.

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Author and jockey, Jim Cassidy

Jim Cassidy

Author of Pumper with Andrew Webster

Jim ‘The Pumper’ Cassidy was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand in 1963. He was the third man in history to win 104 Group 1 races and is a three-time winner of the Australian Derby. Cassidy’s epic Melbourne Cup wins on Kiwi in 1983 and Might And Power in 1997 stand among the most famous in the great race’s history.

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Author Jeff Wells

Jeff Wells

Author of Boxing Day and Dylan’s Pilgrim

Jeff Wells began a career in journalism in Melbourne in the early sixties which has seen him work on major newspapers in Australia, Canada, New York, and Hong Kong.

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Author Gary Lester

Gary Lester

Co-author of And the Crowd Went Wild

Gary Lester has been an author/historian/publisher for more than 50 years. He began his career as a sports writer on the The Australian (1968–1970) and continued with The Sun from 1970 until it closed in 1988.

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Author Sir Nicholas Shehadie

Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC  OBE KStj

Author of A Life Worth Living

The son of Lebanese immigrants, Sir Nicholas Shehadie ranks amongst the highest achievers in Australian civic and sporting life.

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Author Rowley Richards

Rowley Richards OAM  MBE  ED MID

Author of A Doctor’s War

Dr Rowley Richards had a distinguished career in both medicine and the military.

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Author Geoff Armstrong

Geoff Armstrong

Author of The 100 Greatest Cricketers

Geoff Armstrong has worked as a writer, editor and publisher on more than 70 books on sport—over 30 of them on cricket alone.

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Author Robin Poke

Robin Poke AM

Co-Editor, with Kevin Berry, of Olympic Gold

Robin Poke is a Canberra author, journalist and sports historian who has had a lifelong involvement in sport and sports administration.

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Author Brad Fittler

Brad Fittler

Co-author of The Fittler Files

Brad ‘Freddy’ Fittler in his own words ‘played a bit of footy’

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Author Nicole Jeffery

Nicole Jeffery

Author of Beyond the Limits

Nicole Jeffery has been a journalist since 1984 and an Olympic sports writer for The Australian newspaper (News Limited) since 1988.

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Author Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

Author of Harrigan and Forever Brothers

Daniel Lane has been a sports journalist since 1985, working in print, radio and television.

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Author Tim Priest

Tim Priest

Author of On Deadly Ground, Enemies of the State and co-author of To Protect and to Serve

Tim Priest is a former police detective who served in many of Sydney’s toughest crime spots—Redfern, Green Valley, Liverpool, Kings Cross and Cabramatta.

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Author Greg Growden

Greg Growden

Author of The Snowy Baker Story

Greg Growden is a Sydney based sportswriter and author.

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Author Richard Travers

Richard Travers

Author of Diggers in France

Richard Travers graduated from Sydney University in Arts and Law, and made a career in law, becoming a senior partner in one of Australia’s largest law firms.

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Author Graeme Hughes

Graeme Hughes

Author of Dogs at War

Graeme Hughes represented NSW in both rugby league and cricket. With his brothers, Mark and Garry, he was an integral member of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs sides known as 'The Entertainers' and was one of the instigators of the famous try that sealed the Bulldogs' grand-final victory in 1980.

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Author Phil Tresidder

Phil Tresidder

Author of Phil Tresidder On Golf

In 1947 the late Phil Tresidder, then 19 years old, convinced Sir Frank Packer that there was merit in him going to England…

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Author Richard Sleeman

Richard Sleeman

Author of Freddy: The Brad Fittler Story

Richard Sleeman is a much-awarded sportswriter and broadcaster with a career in journalism spanning forty years.

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Author Diane Fingleton

Diane Fingleton

Author of Nothing to do With Justice

Diane Fingleton survived a childhood dominated by a competitive father intent on sporting success.

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Author Bill Casey

Bill Casey

Author of Tales of the Turf

The late Bill Casey was turf editor and later sports editor of the major Sydney metropolitan daily newspaper The Sun for thirty years.

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Author Jack Gibson

Jack Gibson

Author of The Last Word

From 1967 to 1987, the late Jack Gibson coached at six rugby league clubs—Easts, St George, Newtown, Souths, Parramatta and Cronulla.

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Author Neil Marks

Neil Marks

Author of Great Australian Cricket Stories and Tales from the Sports Field

A renowned story-teller and raconteur, Neil Marks is a former NSW Sheffield Shield cricketer who scored a century in each of his first two matches.

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Author Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter

Author of Retrospective

Named one of Australia’s ‘living treasures’, the late Jeff Carter is considered one of this country’s finest ever photographers.

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Author Richard Basham

Richard Basham

Co-author of To Protect and to Serve

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Graem Sims

Author of Why Die?

Graem Sims has been a journalist and editor on a number of Australia’s leading magazines for more than 30 years.

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Author David Ettridge

David Ettridge

Author of Consider Your Verdict

David Ettridge is best know as the co-founder of the One Nation political party in 1997.

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Author Dr Rob Zammit

Dr Rob Zammit

Author of Dogs

Dr Rob Zammit is best known as the TV vet on Burke’s Backyard for many years, and for his current twice weekly talk-back program on radio 2GB.

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Author Jeff Collerson

Jeff Collerson

Author of Getting Paid to Drink and Gamble

Jeff ‘Pigeon’ Collerson joined the late Sir Frank Packer’s Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph in 1962.

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Author Ray Gatt

Ray Gatt

Author of The Rale Rasic Story

Ray Gatt became a cadet journalist with the Daily Telegraph in 1972.

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Author Alex May

Alex May

Author of Planning Your Perfect Home Renovation

Alex May is a writer and editor who has now completed three home renovations and edits www.renovationplanning.com.au.

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Author Janise Beaumont

Janise Beaumont

Author of Never Argue With A Mug: The Don Lane Story

Janise Beaumont has spent all her working life in the media, primarily as a newspaper journalist, in both Australia and London.

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Author Jeff Patterson

Jeff Patterson

Author of What a Life

It would be difficult to conjure up a more incredible story than that of the late Jeff Patterson, a quintessential Australian larakin and lovable scallywag.

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Author Sean Fagan

Sean Fagan

Co-Author of The Master

Sean Fagan is a Sydney-based sports historian and writer, specialising in rugby league and the early history of rugby union.

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Author Dally Messenger III

Dally Messenger III

Co-author of The Master

Dally Messenger III is the grandson of the iconic rugby union and rugby league pioneer Dally Messenger after whom the prestigious Dally M Award is named.

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Author Edwin Faint

Edwin Faint

Author of The Ultimate Crossword Dictionary

Edwin Faint has been a schoolteacher since leaving Kelvin Grove Teachers College in 1952.

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Author Peter Sherwood

Peter Sherwood

Author of So, You Want to Be Happy?

Peter Sherwood is a Hong Kong-based Australian journalist, columnist, author and former public relations professional.

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Author Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Author of How to have an Outstanding Life

Paul Smith is a registered psychologist and guest lecturer in high performance psychology at Wollongong University.

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Author Greg Hilder

Greg Hilder

Author of Celestial Mayflower and Today the Planets Tomorrow the Stars

Greg grew up at Randwick in Sydney, doing his schooling at Randwick Public School and Randwick North High School.

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Author Mandy Roach

Mandy Roach

Author of Adrenalin Adventures Around Australia

Working as a lecturer in nursing has, in part inspired this book. During Mandy’s time as a nurse she met a few palliative patients who sometimes had regrets.

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