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Vietnam Romance and Intrigue

| June 26, 2016 | 2 Comments

Ever since I led my first tour to Vietnam I have had this sneaking sense of unease.  I don’t at all understand why the Australian government so willingly joined America’s war in Vietnam but I do get why Australian troops went there, especially the ‘Nashos” (National Servicemen). Britain decided not to get involved (we had […]

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Wendell Sailor: Crossing The Line

Wendell Sailor: Crossing The Line

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Late last year (2012) I was just getting to grips with my latest project, a first person biography of sports star Wendell Sailor.  I was chatting about our work with my partner, Sue Williams.  She was working on her biography of father Bob Maguire and we joked about how you haven’t really got through to […]

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Tunnel Rats

Tunnel Rats

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Allen & Unwin published  Tunnel Rats at the beginning of July 2011.  It’s a major rewrite of ‘No Need For Heroes’ the first-person memoir I wrote for Sandy MacGregor about 15 years before, but updated and re-tooled as a full-blown military history rather than a personal memoir. It’s a real “Boys’ Own” adventure – only […]

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Apartment Living

Apartment Living

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Apartment Living was written by my partner Sue Williams and me in response to the fairly troubled times we faced when we first moved into a new apartment block in Sydney. We ran the whole gauntlet of issues, from a dodgy Executive Committee the chair of which was a little too autocratic and close to […]

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No Need For Heroes

No Need For Heroes

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

After the Koala Who Bounced was finished, my agent Selwa Anthony put me with a former Australian army major called Sandy MacGregor who won the Military Cross for his exploits in the Vietnam War. His men in 3 Field Troop were the first to go down the and explore the incredibly complex Viet Cong tunnel […]

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The Ultimate Guide …

The Ultimate Guide …

| November 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

 Our first book about living in apartments , ingeniously called Apartment Living, led to my weekly Flat Chat column in the Sydney Morning Herald. Ironically, based on the column, Fairfax Publications invited me to write The Ultimate Guide to Buying and Renting Houses and Apartments which is a much more practical and down-to-earth “how-to” book about buying, selling and renting – […]

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The first Tunnel Rats tour

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

In February 2012, Sandy MacGregor and I, as co-authors of the best-selling military adventure Tunnel Rats, led  a select group of travellers to where Aussie troops were based in Vietnam, working hard, playing harder, and creating the legend of the Tunnel Rats. That tour, which had guests ranging from young blokes in their 20s to one […]

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The Koala Who Bounced … and kept bouncing

The Koala Who Bounced … and kept bouncing

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Karri the Koala came to life when the artist/cartoonist Eric Lobbecke asked my wife Sue if he she would write a kids book for him to illustrate. For some reason she suggested that he and I collaborate and meantime she introduced us to Selwa Anthony whose writer management agency was just getting going. With Selwa’s […]

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Watto

Watto

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

I often joke that the reason I came to live in Australia was so I could support an international Test team that wasn’t England. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but there would be an element of truth in that for any cricket-loving Scot. Now, to be fair, Shane would be the  first to admit […]

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Pulped Non-Fiction

Pulped Non-Fiction

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

  No longer available for legal reasons (see here), this book began when I got back from the Cannes Film Festival in May/June 2009 (name dropper!) and had two calls on my answering machine.  One from the Underbelly tv series Executive Producer Des Monaghan of Screentime and the other from publisher Richard Walsh.  Des’s call said […]

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