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.

He wrote extensively on rugby league, covering every grand final from 1969 to 1988, as well as State of Origin and Test matches; he was also The Sun’s tennis and track and field correspondent, covering numerous Australian Opens and Davis Cups, World Cup, track-and-field and the Brisbane Commonwealth Games.


He has authored a number of books, including The Devil’s Meridian (co-author Kevin Killer); Australians at the Olympics; 200 Years of Australian Sport (co-author Ian Heads); The Story of Australian Rugby League; The America’s Cup 1951–1987 Sailing for Supremacy (co-author Richard Sleeman); The Bulldogs Story; The Sharks - Colour me Black White and Blue; The Panthers, Men in Black (co-author Larry Writer); The Essential Club, a History of the Sydney Turf Club; The New South Wales Club Movement 1838–2009 (with Nick Hartgerink). Gary wrote and edited The John Laws Memories of the Millenium. Gary co-authored with Ian Heads And the Crowd Went Wild  - a colourful saga of  the first 200 years of Australian sport - from the first race meeting in Hyde Park in 1810 to its Bicentenary celebrations in 2010.