Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz


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.



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Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Richard Neville & Charles Sobhraj

Serial killers

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, the one-time UNSW student newspaper editor was convicted and sentenced …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Vida Goldstein & Theodore Roosevelt

Feminism

When the first International Women’s Suffrage Alliance conference convened in Washington in February 1902, Australia’s representative was its most prominent radical feminist, Vida Goldstein. Vida was then 32, “slight in figure and attractive in …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Brett Whiteley & Billy Connolly

In January 1985, a little bird flew into Billy Connolly’s life. At least that’s the way the Big Yin puts it. Connolly was beginning his Australian tour with a series of shows at the Sydney Opera House, and one night his Glasgow-born mate Mark Knopfler …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Reg Ansett & Deborah Wardley

The 1970s were not a great decade for Reg Ansett. As he entered his sixties, his airline was slipping against the government-owned opposition, he had lost his airport car-hire monopoly, a major investment disaster had set the sharks circling and a corporate …

Word: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Hubert Opperman & Bruce Small

Hubert Opperman was a telegram delivery boy. At the beginning of the 1921 racing season, he joined a suburban cycling club and entered a distance race. It was hot and dusty on the unmade country roads but the 17 year old was gritty and tenacious. He kept …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

JJ McRoach & Hunter S Thompson

They were somewhere above Batlow in New South Wales when the drugs began to take hold. Not for the first time since Hunter S Thompson’s arrival in Australia, JJ McRoach began to think he’d made a terrible mistake. He was strapped in a Piper Apache …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Peter Norman, Tommie Smith & John Carlos

Olympics

When he first saw Peter Norman, John Carlos said, “Who’s this little white guy?” Up until then – the semi-final of the 200 metres – the phys ed teacher, “seventh-generation Salvo” and sometime butcher from Melbourne’s northern suburbs …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Truganini & George Augustus Robinson

Tasmania

By 1829, Truganini was running out of options. Her mother had been stabbed to death by a sailor, her uncle shot by a soldier, her mother-in-law kidnapped by escaped convicts and her sisters abducted into sexual slavery by sealers. She had seen her betrothed’s …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Gough Whitlam & Enoch Powell

Arts

At the 1938 ceremony for the conferring of degrees in the Faculties of Arts and Law at the University of Sydney, the address was given by the newly appointed professor of Greek, Enoch Powell. Although only 25, Powell came very well credentialled. The …

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