Malcolm Knox

Malcolm Knox
Malcolm Knox is a former literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, and has won three Walkley awards for journalism. His books include Jamaica and The Life, and his new novel, Bluebird, will be published in September 2020.

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On the Nose


The rise of cricket’s faceless men

An abandoned cafe in the asbestos-riddled ghost town of Wittenoom, WA. Wikimedia Commons

What the Boom Won’t Leave Behind

Mining boom

Mining literature

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Singo & Gina

Liberal Party

The Worker's Party

Glenmore Park Junior Rugby League Club, 2007. © Newspix/News Limited

One-sport Wonders


It’s the type of dewy summer morning when you can be sunburnt by 8 am. On the cricket field, 10 year olds in whites are hoping the hard ball won’t come their way, or, if it must, that they’ll be concentrating on the match and not that big woolly …

"Oh my": Twilight's Bella Swan, pre-fan fiction. © Summit Entertainment

Randy House

New York Times

EL James’ 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Building of Knox Grammar School, 1943. State Library of New South Wales

The old boy


Knox Grammar’s Adrian Nisbett

Raising the flag at Cronulla beach, 2005. © Cameron Spence / Getty Images

Cronulla five years on


Ever since Willemering put a spear through Arthur Phillip’s shoulder at Manly Cove in 1790, Sydney’s beaches have had a reputation for hostility to new arrivals. The precious beauty of the coast lends itself to lines literally drawn in the sand. One …

The mission


The Bowraville murders

Inside the Amazon warehouse, Fernley, Nervada, 2003. © Macduff Everton/Corbis

The next chapter


Tom Gilliatt thought he was quick on the uptake of Amazon’s Kindle – until he took one home. The non-fiction publisher at Pan Macmillan had his company e-reader, one of the first in Australia, taken away by his 11-year-old son, Freddy. “I was going …