Leigh Redhead

Leigh Redhead’s first novel, Peepshow, burst on the crime scene introducing PI Simone Kirsch to readers. Simone made her next appearance in Rubdown followed by Cherry Pie, Leigh’s third crime novel.

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Les Carlyon was born in Northern Victoria in 1942. He has been editor of the Melbourne Age, editor-in-chief of the Herald and Weekly Times group and visiting lecturer in journalism at RMIT in a career that has established him as one of Australia’s most respected journalists. He has received both the Walkley Award (twice) and the Graham Perkin Australian Journalist of the Year Award.

Liz Byrski

Liz Byrski is a writer and broadcaster with more than 40 years experience in the British and Australian media. She is the author of eleven non-fiction books and three novels, and her work has been published in national and international newspapers and magazines.

In the nineties Liz was a broadcaster and executive producer with ABC Radio in Perth and later an advisor to a minister in the Western Australian State Government; she now lectures in Professional and Creative Writing at Curtin University of Technology in Perth.

Lloyd Jones

Lloyd Jones was born in New Zealand in 1955. He is the author of nine previous novels and collections of stories, which include the award-winning The Book of Fame, Biografi, a New York Times Notable Book, Choo Woo, Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance and Paint Your Wife. Lloyd Jones lives in Wellington.

Maria Boyd

Maria Boyd has spent the better part of the past seven years working as a teacher in two Sydney boys’ high schools, a job that ensured her, among other things, at least four belly laughs a day. Before that she was completing her Masters in Cultural Studies, and before that, she was travelling the world from her base in London.

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka was born of Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, at the end of the war, and grew up in England. She teaches at Sheffield Hallam University. She is married, with a grown-up daughter, and lives in Sheffield.

Maureen McCarthy

Maureen McCarthy is the ninth of ten children and grew up on a farm near Yea in Victoria. After working for a while as an art teacher, Maureen became a full-time writer.

Morris Gleitzman

Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was sixteen. He was a frozen-chicken thawer, sugar-mill rolling-stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, student, department-store Santa, TV producer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now he’s a children’s author.

Nelson DeMille

Nelson DeMille is one of America’s most popular and bestselling authors. A former US Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam, he is the author of eleven acclaimed novels, including The General’s Daughter, Spencerville, Plum Island, The Lion’s Game, Up Country, Night Fall and Wild Fire.

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Nigel Marsh

Nigel Marsh is currently CEO of Leo Burnett, a leading communications company. Previously he was fired from his job as CEO of the advertising agency D’Arcy.

Originally from England, he has worked as a stand-up comedian and has written articles for the Financial Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and numerous advertising magazines. He lives in Clovelly with his wife, two sons and twin daughters.

Peter Corris

Peter Corris is best known as the ‘father’ of Australian crime fiction through his Cliff Hardy detective stories. He’s written many other books, including a very successful biography of Fred Hollows and a collection of short stories revolving around the game of golf.

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Peter Doherty

Peter Doherty was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1996, and was named Australian of the Year in 1997. He is one of only two Australian Nobel Laureates, or noble lorikeet as his grand daughter calls him, and the only one living in Australia.

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s and Sun Herald’s most popular columnists, broadcasts daily on Radio 2UE and is a regular contributor to the International Herald Tribune and the London Daily Telegraph.

Raimond Gaita

Raimond Gaita is Professor of Moral Philosophy at King’s College, University of London; Foundation Professor of Philosophy at Australian Catholic University and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His books have been published in many languages. They include: Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception, Romulus, My Father, A Common Humanity, The Philosopher’s Dog, Why The War was Wrong (as editor and contributor) and, Breach of Trust: Truth, Morality and Politics (Quarterly Essay 16).

Richard Tulloch

Richard Tulloch has written over sixty children’s books, heaps of plays and numerous scripts for children’s TV series, including the famous Bananas in Pyjamas and New McDonald’s Farm. He’s had some practice at beastly tales, writing the screenplay for the animated feature film ””Ferngully II: The Magical Rescue, nominated in America for the prestigious Hollywood ‘Annie’ award.