Tim Bonyhady

Tim Bonyhady is a cultural historian and environmental lawyer. He is also director of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law and The Centre for Climate Law and Policy at the Australian National University. His many books include Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting 1801 - 1890; The Law of the Countryside: The Rights of the Public; Australian Colonial Paintings in the Australian National Gallery; Burke and Wills: From Melbourne to Myth; Places Worth Keeping: Conservationists, Politics and Law; Climate Law in Australia; and the prize-winning The Colonial Earth. He has been a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. His new book, Good Living Street: The Fortunes of My Vienniese Family Memoir , set in pre-World War II Vienna, and post-War Australia, was published in Australia and New Zealand in 2011 by Allen & Unwin and by Pantheon in the US and in the UK by Allen & Unwin.  In June 2013 it will be published in German by Zsolnay.  Good Living Street was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Queensland Premier's Literary Award. 

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Ian  Britain

Ian Britain is a former editor of Meanjin and the author of three books: Fabianism and Culture: A Study in British Socialism and the Arts, 1884-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 1982; republished in paperback 2005); Once an Australian: Journeys with Barry Humphries, Clive  James, Germaine Greer and Robert Hughes (Oxford, 1997; paperback edition 1998); and The Oxford Book of Australian Schooldays (1997; paperback edition, 1998) co-edited with Brenda Niall. He is the editor of a one volume edition of The Donald Friend Diaries published by Text in 2010 and is at work on a biography of Friend.

Ian regularly writes book reviews and cultural commentary for newspapers and for Australian Book Review , has appeared frequently on ABC radio, and has been a guest speaker  at various writers' festivals. He has been a judge of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (non-fiction category) since 2004, serving as convenor of the judging panel in 2006.

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Joanne Carroll

Joanne Carroll was born in Sydney and divides her time between Ireland and Australia. She is the author of two well  received works of fiction, In the Quietness of My  Aunt's House ( UQP, 1997) and The  Italian Romance (UQP, 2005) which was chosen as a Great Read by Australian Women's Weekly.

 In 2000, she was awarded a Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin, and in 2006 she was awarded a Literature Bursary from the Irish Arts Council. She is at work on a new novel The Rhapsody of Sweeney, set in the 19th century in both Australia  and Ireland.

See www.joannecarroll.weebly.com

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Emma Christopher

Emma Christopher, who received her Ph.D. from University College London, is an Australian Research Council Fellow at the University of Sydney.  She also  studied at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at the University of Toronto.  She is the author of Slave Trade Sailors and their Captive Cargoes (Cambridge University Press, 2006); the co-editor (with Marcus Rediker and Cassandra Pybus) of Many Middle Passages (University of California Press, 2007) and has written various journal articles and book chapters.

The recipient of grants and fellowships from the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society and Harvard University's Atlantic World Center, and has been a Mellon Fellow, a Caird Fellow at the National Maritime Museum in London and a Paul Cuffe Fellow at Mystic Seaport Museum, Connecticut. 

Her new book: A Merciless Place: The Lost Story of Britain's Convict Disaster in Africa and How it Led to the Settlement of Australia was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2010 and in the US and the UK by Oxford University Press in June 2011.  The book was joint winner of the 2011 Ernest Scott Prize for History and shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Award and the New South Wales Premier's History Award.

See www.emmachristopher.com

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Peter  Cochrane

Historian Peter Cochrane is the author of the critically acclaimed companion volume to the ABC television series Australians at War (ABC Books, 2001) ; Simpson and the Donkey: The Making of a Legend (Melbourne University Press, 1992) and Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy (Melbourne University Publishing, 2007), which won the inaugural Prime Minister's History Award and The Age Book of the Year Award. His most recent work is Governor Bligh and the Short Man: A Novella, published by Penguin in 2013.

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Philip Coggan

Philip Coggan was born in Sydney in 1950. Following a career in the Department of Foreign Affairs and with the United Nations he turned to freelance journalism in 2004, drawing on his knowledge of Asia to write feature articles for Australian and overseas newspapers and magazines. His debut novel, Shiny Objects of Desire, is set in Cambodia, where he lived for three years and is the first in a projected series of detective mysteries following the adventures of Burl Biggins, the expatriate Australian owner of a Phnom Penh riverfront bistro.

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Avner Cohen

Probably the most recognized and well-informed voice on Israel's  nuclear affairs, Dr Avner Cohen is Senior Research Fellow  at the Center for International and Security Studies (CISSM) and the Program on Global Security and Disarmament (PGSD), both at the University of Maryland. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, as well as  an independent consultant on nuclear proliferation and  Middle East issues.

 He  is the co-editor of Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Humanity (Rowman & Allanheld, 1986), The  Institution of Philosophy (Open Court, 1989), and the author of The Nuclear Age as Moral History (in Hebrew, 1989) and Israel and The Bomb , (Columbia University Press, 1998 and Schoken Publishing House, Israel, 2000).

He is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Research and Writing Award for his latest project The Worst Kept Secret: Israel's Bargain with the Bomb was published by Columbia University Press in September 2010.

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Paul Collins

Paul Collins, a graduate of Harvard and the Australian National University, is a broadcaster, writer and one of Australia's  foremost intellectuals and commentators on cultural and religious affairs.  His most recent book, Judgment Day: The Struggle for Life on Earth was published by University of New South Wales Press in 2010 and in North America in 2011 by Orbis Books and was shortlisted for the 2011 Australian Christian Book of the Year.

Previous books include Believers: Does Australian Catholicism Have a Future? (UNSW Press, 2008), Burn: The Epic Story of Bushfire in Australia, ( Allen and Unwin, 2006 ;re-issued 2009 by Scribe); God's New Man: The Legacy of Pope John Paul II and the Election of Benedict XVI  (MUP, 2005); Power: A Proposal for Change in Catholicism's Third Millenium (HarperCollins, 1997); From Inquisition to Freedom: Seven Prominent Catholics and their Struggle with The Vatican (Simon & Schuster Australia, 2001 Continuum UK, 2001; Overlook Press in the US) and the bestselling Hell's Gates: The Terrible Journey  of Alexander Pearce Van Diemen's Land Cannibal (Hardie Grant, 2002) described by Thomas Keneally as "a work of great quality, utterly fascinating".

His current book Birth of the West: Rome, Germany, France and the Creation of Europe in the 10th Century which will be published in 2013 by Public Affairs in North America and by AST in Russia.


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Paul Daley

Paul Daley is an author, journalist, columnist and  essayist. He also writes short stories and is working on the first of two related novels set partly in Canberra. He has been a political writer, a foreign affairs and defence  correspondent and London correspondent for Fairfax, and national affairs editor for 'The Bulletin'. He   has won the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism and the Paul Lyneham Award for Press Gallery Journalism.  His most recent book Canberra has just  been released as part of UNSWP’s acclaimed “City Series”.  His book  'Beersheba: A Journey Through Australia's Forgotten War' (2009), was shortlisted for the 2010/11 Prime Minister's Australian History Prize and won special mention in the Manning Clark House Cultural Awards.

His first book Beersheba: A Journey Through Australia’s Forgotten War was published by Melbourne University Press in 2009.  It was followed by Armageddon: Two Men On an Anzac Trail (with Mike Bowers), Miegunyah Press (MUP) in 2011; Collingwood – A Love Story, Victory (MUP) also in 2011 and Canberra for NewSouth Publishing in 2012.

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Geoff  Davies

Geoff  Davies is a geophysicist and a senior fellow at the  Institute for Advanced Study at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has also taught at Harvard, the University of Rochester and Washington University.  He is the author of Dynamic Earth: Plates, Plumes and Mantle Convection (Cambridge University Press, 1999). His most recent book, Economia: New Economic Systems to Empower People and Support the Living World,  a radical critique of classical economics, was published by ABC Books in Australia in early 2004.

For more information on Geoff Davies see www.geoffdavies.com or http://betternature.wordpress.com

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Justine Davies

Justine  Davies is a financial planner and member of the Financial  Planning Association.  Inspired by years advising her clients, she has written two books as she says " to provide assistance to readers through  various life stages. People need a book that is relevant  to them, to what they are going through at that point  in time. My aim is to use humour to try to make financial matters interesting to people, or at least easy to read."

How to Afford a Husband, was published by ABC Books in April 2009.  Her first book, How to Afford a Baby, was published by ABC Books in 2007. She is at work on a third book in the same genre, How to Afford a House.

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Mark Davis

Mark Davis is author of Gangland: Cultural Elites and the New Generationalism,  (Allen & Unwin), a critically acclaimed 1997 best  seller questioning the cultural hegemony of baby-boomers and the cultural marginalisation of young people. He is in demand as a commentator, has appeared as a guest on many Australian television and radio programs, and has written for most major Australian newspapers and magazines. He holds a PhD in English and Cultural Studies and teaches at the University of Melbourne, where he is Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts. His most recent book Land of Plenty: Australia in the 2000s was published by Melbourne University Publishing in August, 2008. He is currently at work on a new book on globalisation and racism and blogs at www.impossiblebest.wordpress.com

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Peter  Doherty

Peter  Doherty is Laureate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne.  In 1996 he won the Nobel Prize  for Medicine and Physiology for his pioneering work in immunology,  and in 1997 was named Australian of the Year.  He conducts an active research program on influenza  immunity, writes regularly for both the scientific and the general press and is a much sought after public speaker.

His first book The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize was published in Australia and  New Zealand by Melbourne University Publishing in August 2005 and in the US and UK by Columbia University Press.  Translation rights for this title have been sold in  Korea, Poland, Taiwan (Chinese Complex), India (English) and Germany.  His second book, A Light History of Hot Air, was published by Melbourne University  Publishing in October 2007. 

He is currently writing a book titled Pandemics for Oxford University Press to be published in October, 2012; and another, Sentinel Chickens, on the interface among birds, humans, disease, and environmental degredation was published by Melbourne University Press in August, 2012.

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David Dufty

David Dufty was born in Sydney and grew up in the small outback  towns of Bourke and Glen Innes before his family settled in the Newcastle region of New South Wales when he was fourteen.  David completed a psychology degree with honours at the University of  Newcastle and earned a Ph.D. also in psychology at the University of Sydney in 2002.  He moved to the United States in 2003 where he was a post doctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee. He now lives in Canberra, where he works for the Australian government .

David's first book, Lost in Transit: The Strange Story of the Philip K. Dick Android, was published by Melbourne University Publishing in July 2011.  In March 2012 it was published in the UK by OneWorld as Losing the Head of Philip K. Dick, in Italy by Fanucci and in the US by Holt in June, 2012 as How to Build an Android.

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Josephine Emery  

Josephine Emery is a writer and film maker, who began publishing short stories as 'John Emery' at the age of 17. John's work included, Summer Ends Now, (1980), The Sky People, (1984) and Savage Triangle, (1994). Later he developed stories into feature movie screen plays, working with such directors as Philip Noyce and Scott Hicks. John became a sought-after management consultant, and ran the screenwriting department at Australia's national film school and the literature unit of the Australia Council for the Arts.

In 2005 Josephine commenced gender transition. Her memoir, The Real Possibilty of Joy, was published in Australia and New Zealand by Murdoch Books in September 2009 and was short listed for the Nita Kibble Award.

For more information http://josephineemery.com

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Keith Fennell

In 1995, aged just twenty-one, Keith Fennell was accepted into the Australian Special Air Service Regiment, the SAS. Over the next eleven years, operations took him from the jungles of East Timor to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, from the Southern Indian Ocean to Iraq. What he learned about friendship, and about himself, changed him forever.

Fennell's missions forced him to stare death in the face many times. His experiences are shocking and confronting - but also inspiring.

His first book Warrior Brothers, an unflinching look inside the action and the fear, the tragedy and the bravery, of his service in Australian SAS, was published in Australia and New Zealand by Random House in June 2008. His second, Warrior Training: The Making of an SAS Soldier was published by Random House in September 2009.   Currently, he is at work on his first novel, Cold Soul.

His website is at www.keithfennell.com.au

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Adam Fraser

Dr Adam Fraser is one of Australia’s leading educators, researchers and thought leaders in the area of human performance! In this time he has worked with elite level athletes, the armed forces and business professionals of all levels. For the past 10 years Adam has been working exclusively in the corporate and business world to elevate and sustain the performance of the employees of the companies that hire him. Adam’s work takes many forms from one on one coaching, consulting, to workshops and keynote presentations.

In the last 4 years he has delivered more than 600 presentations to over 50,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He has worked in many industries and his clients include, CBA, Westpac, Optus, IBM, ABN AMRO, PWC, Asteron, AON, Tower, Local Government Managers Association, Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Queensland Law Society, and the Department of Education.

His topics included the psychology of performance, improvement of productivity, leadership, engagement of teams, emotional intelligence and emotional regulation, as well as the development and sustainability of high performance cultures.

His new book, The Third Space : How to Show Up Right for Each Part of Your Life, was published by Random House Australia in 2012.

His website is at: www.dradamfraser.com

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Zarah Ghahramani

Zarah  Ghahramani was born in Tehran in 1981, two years after  the Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran to establish the Islamic Republic. Zarah's life changed suddenly  in 2001 when, after having taken part in student demonstrations she was arrested (literally snatched off the street  and bundled into the back seat of a car) and charged with 'inciting crimes against the people of the Islamic  Republic of Iran'.

Her  interrogation in Evin Prison was harsh. After being  released she was not permitted to return to University.  She came to realize that she had no future in her native land. Robert Hillman, an Australian writer, met and befriended Zarah when he was in Iran in 2003, and eventually helped her to get to Australia where she now lives.

Zarah's  book My Life as a Traitor, written with Robert  Hillman, is a powerful and beautifully written memoir of her life in Iran, revealing the human face behind the turmoil of the modern Middle East. It has been published in: Australia and New Zealand by Scribe in 2007; the US by Farrar Straus and Giroux in 2008; United Kingdom by Bloomsbury, and Germany by Ullstein Buchverlage in 2008, and will be published in Czech Republic by Euromedia, in Portugal by Quid Novi, in Holland by The House of Books, in France by Presses de la Cite, and Sperling & Kupfer in Italy, all in 2008.

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Chris Gilbey

Chris  Gilbey is one of Australia's leading communications consultants and corporate strategists. He is the author  of the best-selling How to Survive the Y2K Crisis in Australia (Transworld, 1999) and The Infinite Digital Jukebox: A Step-by-Step Guide to Accessing and  Downloading CD-Quality Music from the Internet (published  in Australia and New Zealand by Hardie Grant and in the US and the UK by Seven Stories Press, 2000). He is at work on a memoir about his life in the music business.

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Richard Guilliatt

Richard  Guilliatt has been a journalist for thirty years and is the author of Talk Of The Devil - Repressed Memory and the Ritual Abuse Witch-Hunt (Text 1996).

Born in the UK, Richard was a feature writer at The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, before moving to New York in 1986 to work as a freelance writer. His work has appeared in many  leading newspapers and magazines including The Independent , The Sunday Times Magazine and The Los Angeles Times . He is currently a staff writer at the Weekend Australian Magazine in Sydney. In 2000 he won Australia's highest award for magazine feature writing, the Walkley

His latest book, The Wolf : How One German Raider Terrorized the Southern Seas During the First World War (written with Peter Hohnen), was published in June 2009 in Australia by Random House, in the UK by Transworld and by Free Press in the U.S. in 2010.  The Wolf  was the winner of the prestigious Mountbatten Award for Maritime Contribution.


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Rodney Hall

Rodney Hall is an author with an international reputation.  His books are published in the USA, UK, Australia and  Canada and in translation into German, French, Danish, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese and Korean. His many radio  and TV scripts have been broadcast by the ABC and the  BBC.

He has twice won the Miles Franklin Award (for Just Relations in 1982 and The Grisly Wife in 1994) and been three times nominated for the Booker  Prize. He won the Canada-Australia Award in 1988 and the Victorian Premier's prize for Captivity Captive in 1989. He was presented with the gold medal of the Australian Literature Society in 1992 and again in 2001.

His  thirty-four books include twelve collections of poems,  twelve novels, two biographies and several books of social commentary. His play, A Return to the Brink was commissioned for the Melbourne International  Festival in 2001. He also wrote the libretto and scenario  for a music-theatre piece, Whispers , with music by Andrew Ford. The New York Times praised him as, "A thrillingly smart and juicy writer." The Saturday Review (USA) said, "He immediately  establishes his place among the best writers of his  time."

His previous novel, Love without Hope, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2001. Popeye Never Told You, his memoir of his childhood during WWII, was published in 2010 by Murdoch Books, and his most recent work of fiction, the widely-acclaimed Silence, appeared in 2011, also from Murdoch.

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Dan Hallett

Born in Northampton in the UK, Dan Hallett studied illustration at the Anglia Ruskin University Art School in Cambridge. After graduating, he emigrated to Spain where he now works in Barcelona as a textile designer and illustrator, and where he also exhibits his paintings and drawings. His first book as illustrator is Pistols! Treason ! Murder!: The Rise and  Fall of a Master Spy by Jonathan Walker (MelbourneUniversity Publishing, 2007; Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). Their latest collaboration is Five Wounds: An Illuminated Novel was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2010, distributed in the USA and UK in 2011 and will be published by Azoth in Taiwan in 2011.

Five Wounds was shortlisted for the 2010 Aurealis Award for Best Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel.

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Fiona Harari

Fiona Harari is an award winning journalist. She began her career at the The Age newspaper in 1984, and since then has worked for Time (Australia) magazine, freelanced for local and overseas publications and has also worked in the public relations industry. Throughout her career she has covered many of the major stories that have affected Australia, everything from the Spycatcher trial to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and has twice been nominated for a Walkley Award. She is also a recipient of a World Health Organisation award for co-writing a ground breaking series on smoking.

For thirteen years she was a senior writer with The Australian newspaper, where her weekly Ad Lib column was widely read. More recently she has been working in television, on programs including Enough Rope and Elders with Andrew Denton.

Her first book, A Tragedy in Two Acts: Marcus Einfeld and Teresa Brennan was published by Melbourne University Press in September, 2011.

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Robert Hillman

Robert Hillman is a prize-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction.  He is the co-author,  with Zarah Gharahmani, of My Life as a Traitor (2007), the harrowing story of Zarah's life under the Islamist regime in Iran,  which was  published  in  ANZ  by Scribe;  by  Farrar, Straus and Giroux in North America;  and by Bloomsbury in the UK;  translated into eight other languages.

His most recent book  --written with Najaf Mazari, with whom he also collaborated on The Rugmaker of Mazar el Sharif --  is The Honey Thief,  published in 2011 in ANZ by Wild Dingo Press and forthcoming in the US and Canada from Viking in  April 2013. His memoir, The Boy in the Green Suit (Scribe) won the prestigious Australian National Biography Award in 2005.  In May 2013 his biography of the noted Aboriginal singer and musician Gurrumul, Gurrumul: His Life and Music will be published by ABC Books in ANZ.

He is also the author of four well-received works of fiction, A Life of Days (Angus and Robertson, 1988), Hour of Surprise (Simon & Schuster,  1990),  Writing Sparrow Hill (1996), and The Deepest Part of the Lake (2001).  His new novel, Joyful, will be published in Text in 2014.

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Peter  Hohnen

Peter  Hohnen studied history and law at the Australian National University and was a partner in a prominent Canberra law firm for 20 years. A commander in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve for 20 years, he was posted to Cambridge  University in 1999 to study the law of the sea and the laws of armed conflict as a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. On his return to Australia  he was awarded a Masters Degree in Law from ANU in 2002.  He has been an independent legal consultant to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and has made several contributions  to the Australian Dictionary of Biography .  He is the co-author of The  Wolf : How One German Raider Terrorized the Southern Seas During the First World War, (with Richard Guilliatt) which was published in 2009 in Australia by Random House, in the UK by Transworld, and was published in April, 2010, in the US and Canada by The Free Press.

His website can be found at: www.raiderwolf.com

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Elisabeth Holdsworth

Born in The Netherlands just after World War II, Elisabeth Holdsworth spent her early life in the south-western province of Zeeland before migrating to Australia with her parents in 1959. She completed her education in Melbourne. Elisabeth is an essayist, poet, and writer of short stories and reviews, and has been published in Best Australian Essays, Heat, Southerly, Island, The Monthly, Mattoid and Transnational. She won the inaugural ABR/Calibre prize for her essay An die Nachgeborenen: For Those Who Come After, which was published in the February 2007 issue of Australian Book Review and later broadcast on ABC radio. Elisabeth lives with her husband in Goulburn, NSW.

Her first novel, Those Who Come After, was published in Australia and New Zealand by Picador in April, 2011.  It  was  published in Dutch by Uitgeverrij Contact in 2011 and in Polish by Nasz Ksiegarnia in 2012.

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Adrienne Howley

One of only a handful of fully ordained Buddhist nuns  in Australia, the Venerable Adrienne Howley is the author of The Naked Buddha: A New Look at an Old Religion (Random House/Transworld, 1999) and The Naked  Buddha Speaks: Your Questions about Buddhism Answered (Bantam Books, 2002). Her books have been translated into German and Czech and Indonesian rights have been sold to PT Bhuana Ilmu Populer.  Indian English language editions of both books were published by Health  and Harmony, 2004 and in the US a conflated version  of both books was published by Marlowe & Company  in 2004. She is currently at work on a new project Buddha and the Enticing Woman that examines the unique  role of women in Buddhism and has recently completed Lady in  Waiting: A Memoir which tells the story of her extraordinary life.

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Adrian Hyland

After studying languages and literature at Melbourne University,  Adrian Hyland moved to Central Australia where he lived for ten years working in community development in remote Aboriginal communities and travelling with the Warlpiri people in the Tanami Desert on hunting and cultural trips. This extraordinary experience gave him an understanding  of the complexity, richness, joy and hardships of contemporary  Australian aboriginal life, an understanding which he has drawn on to write his first crime novel, Diamond  Dove in which his heroine, Emily Tempest, a feisty  twenty-nine year old Aboriginal woman "with a fast mouth and a strong right hook," investigates the untimely death of an Aboriginal elder.  Diamond  Dove was published in Australia by Text in August 2006 to rave reviews, and won the 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel. It was published in the UK in August 2007 by Quercus Publishing, and, under the title Moonlight Downs, it was published in 2008 by SoHo Press.

The second Emily Tempest novel, Gunshot Road, was published in 2010 by Text in ANZ; Quercus in the UK; and SoHo Press in the USA.

His first non-fiction book, Kinglake 350, about the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, was published in August, 2011 by Text.

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David Jenkins

David Jenkins, who graduated in Law/Arts at Melbourne University, was the Melbourne Herald correspondent in Indonesia in 1969-70 and the Associated Press correspondent in Laos in 1973-75. He later spent eight years with the Far Eastern Economic Review, as Jakarta bureau chief, ASEAN correspondent and Regional Editor. A former Foreign Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, he is the author of Suharto and His Generals, Indonesian Military Politics 1975-83, Cornell University, 1984.

He is currently at work on a biography of Suharto, Indonesia's former ruler of thirty-two years (1966- ).

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Jacqueline Kent

Jacqueline Kent is a noted non-fiction and young adult fiction  author.She has published two books of social history: Out of the Bakelite Box: The Heyday of Australian Radio (Angus and Robertson 1983, paperback ABC  Books 1990) and In the HalfLight: Life as a Child  in Australia 1900-1970 (Angus and Robertson 1988,  paperback Doubleday Australia 1991). Her young adult titles include: a novel Angel Claws I Love You  (Puffin Books, 1992); a book of young adult short stories Bad Behaviour (with Joanne Horniman, Omnibus  Books 1996) and four novels based on the popular ABC-TV  series Heartbreak High (ABC Books, 1999).

Her book A Certain Style (Viking,  2001, Penguin paperback, 2002), a biography of acclaimed  Australian book editor Beatrice Davis, won the 2002 National Biography award and the 2002 Nita B.Kibble Award for Women Writers, and was also shortlisted for  the New South Wales Premier's Award that year. Jacqueline's dramatised adaptation of A Certain Style was broadcast over ABC Radio National and released as a  CD through ABC Audio Books in 2002.  Jacqueline reviews books for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

Her most recent book is The Making of Julia Gillard. PM (Penguin, 2010), a revised and updated version of The Making of Julia Gillard, originally published by Penguin in 2009. Her previous book was An Exacting Heart: The Story of  Hephzibah Menuhin, a biography of the musician and social activist Hephzibah Menuhin, was published by Penguin Australia in 2008. An Exacting Heart was short listed for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards 2008 in both the non-fiction and history book categories, long listed for the Walkley Non-Fiction Award 2008 and in 2009 won the Nita B Kibble Literary Award for Women Writers (the Kibble Award).

Her latest project The Law of Unintended Consequences, is a memoir of her marriage to Kenneth Cook, the author of Wake in Fright.

You can visit her website at www.jacquelinekent.net

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Petrea King

Since  her recovery from leukaemia in 1984, Petrea King, one  of the most remarkable and charismatic figures in Australia,  has brought her warmth, humour and wisdom to thousands  of people with cancer and other serious illnesses and  to people living with loss of meaning, grief, depression,  anxiety or tragedy.

Petrea holds qualifications in naturopathy, herbal medicine,  homeopathy, clinical hypnotherapy, massage and is a qualified teacher of meditation and yoga. She is the author of three acclaimed books - Quest for Life:  A Handbook for People with Life-Threatening Illness (Random House, 1992), Spirited Women: Journeys with Breast Cancer (Random House, 1995) and Sometimes  Hearts Have to Break (Random House, 1997). and has  produced twenty relaxation and meditation audio-tapes  and CD's to assist people in finding peace in the midst  of life-challenges.

In 1990 she established the Quest for Life Foundation which now owns and operates the Quest for Life Centre in Bundanoon.  From this center she runs counselling and residential programs to help those facing major  challenges find peace and meaning in their lives. More  than 50,000 people have passed through her programs  or sought counselling with her.

 Petrea has received the Advance Australia Award and the Centenary Medal for her contribution to the community.   In 1996 she addressed the National Press Club on National Breast Cancer Day and is a frequent guest on ABC radio with Richard Glover (Mid-Week Conference) and Tony Delroy.

For  more information on Petrea King visit her website www.questforlife.com.au

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