Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz

Shane Maloney is a writer and the author of the award-winning Murray Whelan series of crime novels. His 'Encounters', illustrated by Chris Grosz, have been published in a collection, Australian Encounters.

Chris Grosz is a book illustrator, painter and political cartoonist. He has illustrated newspapers and magazines such as the Age, the Bulletin and Time.

Articles by this author

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
Rupert Murdoch & Kamahl
Rupert Murdoch was 27 when he met Kandiah Kamalesvaran, a sensitive young Tamil on the dodge from the immigration authorities. Born in Malaya, Kamalesvaran had arrived in Adelaide...
 
Mark Oliphant & J Robert Oppenheimer
Mark Oliphant was a physicist on a mission. It was 1941 and the Nazis were building, it was believed, a weapon of incredible power. For Britain to beat them to it, American...
 
John Monash & King George V
On 4 July 1918, in just 93 minutes, at a cost of a mere 1060 casualties, Australian soldiers drove German troops from their positions overlooking the British line and took the...
 
John Howard & Uri Geller
When it came to ruining cutlery, Uri Geller was the world champion. By the early 1970s, the former Israeli paratrooper had become internationally famous for his ability to bend...
 
Chips Rafferty & The Monkees
He’d been a drover, a shearer, a roo shooter, a timber cutter, a fisherman and a boundary rider. He could surf, write poetry and paint watercolours. But when John William...
 
Joh Bjelke-Petersen & the Shah of Iran
On the face of it, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Joh Bjelke-Petersen had very little in common. One was an arrogant despot who ruled without regard for democracy or the law, his...
 
Gary Foley & Joe Strummer
By 1982, ten years since his leading role in pitching the Tent Embassy, Gary Foley had flung himself into the fight for Aboriginal self-determination everywhere from the National...
 
Pitty Pat & Prince Lorenzo
It was to be the fairytale wedding of 1990. The groom was Lorenzo Montesini, Prince Giustiniani, Count of the Phanaar, Knight of Saint Sophia, Baron Alexandroff. The bride-to-be...
 
Rex Connor and Tirath Khemlani
Rex Connor had a dream. Like the man himself, it was a big one. Huge. Visionary. He imagined a rich, independent Australia built on mining, modern technology and a skilled...
 
Matthew Flinders & Nicolas Baudin
When peace briefly erupted between England and France in March 1802, Matthew Flinders was sailing east along the “Unknown Coast” of southern Australia in the sloop HMS...
 
Peter Cook & John Clarke
When Peter Cook was lured to Melbourne in 1987 to launch the town’s new comedy festival, he set only one condition. At some point in the week’s program, adequate time...
 
Al Grassby and the Rolling Stones
Enquiries had been made into the background of members of the “pop group” intending to arrive in Australia in February, Immigration Department officials advised the...
 
Squizzy Taylor & Snowy Cutmore
But out of such unpromising material many a legend has sprung and the lurid light of melodrama has long flickered over the names of Squizzy Taylor and Snowy Cutmore. The facts...
 
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
Annette Kellerman & Esther Williams
Both were champion swimmers. Both made a splash in show business. “My God, I wish I could meet her,” thought Esther Williams when she was shown a photograph of...
 
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
Bob Menzies and Gamal Nasser
Prime Minister Menzies did not think very highly of Egyptians. “These Gyppos are a dangerous lot of backward adolescents, full of self importance and ignorance,” he...
 
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
Pemulwuy & Black Caesar
In the first desperate years of the settlement at Sydney, two men supplied much of the excitement. One was the powerful Aboriginal guerrilla leader Pemulwuy, who waged a campaign...
 
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
Australia II and Liberty
A thousand boats had gathered on Long Island Sound to witness the spectacle, among them a US Navy destroyer. Helicopters buzzed overhead and the Goodyear blimp floated in the sky...
 
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
Richard Neville & Charles Sobhraj
Long, lean and languid-limbed with Mick Jagger lips and hair to his shoulders, Richard Neville was the very picture of a bell-bottomed hippie. A pioneer of the war on deference...
 

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