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.

Since 1988 he has been author or co-author of 44 books. In a succession of major titles Ian has told or helped tell the stories of some of Australia’s greatest sporting figures—including Mark Taylor, Louise Sauvage, Jack Gibson (4 books), Matt Burke, Ken Arthurson, Ian Thorpe, Frank Hyde, Mike Whitney, Noel Kelly, Brian Mayfield Smith, Arthur Beetson, Nova Peris, Ken Sutcliffe, Des Renford, George Piggins, Peter Stirling and Wayne Pearce… plus renowned paramedic Paul Featherstone (aka ‘The Hero of Thredbo’).

He wrote a history of rugby league (True Blue) in 1992 and co-authored the major (1988) Bicentenary book 200 Years of Australian Sport; A Glorious Obsession. Other works include: Backpage—Australia’s Greatest Sporting Moments, a history of the rugby league Kangaroo Tours and club histories of South Sydney, St George and Eastern Suburbs clubs. In 2008 he co-authored with David Middleton the major work, A Centenary of Rugby League, 1908–2008—the game’s official celebration of its first 100 years. 2006’s Warhorse, the story of one of Australian football’s most admired characters, rugby league’s Shane Webcke sold more than 40,000 copies and was followed in 2009 by the controversial Hard Road. Ian’s book, with legendary Channel 9 sportscaster Ken Sutcliffe, The Wide World of Ken Sutcliffe, was released in August 2009. His book And The Crowd Went Wild co-authored with Gary Lester, pays homage to the first 200 years of Australian sport and was released in October 2010 to coincide with that significant Anniversary. His most recent release is The Fittler Files co-authored with Brad Fittler, that gives the reader an insiders look at the 2011 rugby league season.

A former president of the Australian Sportswriters Association and a senior Media Liaison Officer for the AOC at the Atlanta, Sydney and Beijing Olympics, Ian received an Order of Australia award in 2010 for service to the media as a sports journalist, author and mentor.