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

Robert Helpmann & Anna Pavlova

Ballet

Little Bobbie Helpman was a delicate infant. On doctor’s orders, anything liable to make him cry was forbidden. His adoring mother, a woman of theatrical disposition, recited Shakespeare to him in his cot. As he grew, they took to acting the roles. …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Helmut Newton and Alice Springs

Photography

One day in 1947, a rising Melbourne stage actress walked into a small Flinders Lane photography studio, looking to pick up some extra cash as a model. Expecting a whiskery old man behind the lens, she found instead a dashing young European called Helmut …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Captain Arthur Phillip & Jean-François de Galaup, Comte de La Pérouse

Australian history

On 24 January 1788 Jean-François de Galaup, Comte de La Pérouse, explorer and navigator, beheld a sight as startling as any he had witnessed since sailing from France in August 1785. It was an English fleet at anchor in Botany Bay, “of which we could …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Howard Florey & Alexander Fleming

Britain

On 2 September 1940, as the Battle of Britain raged, a short, grey-headed man with a dapper bow tie presented himself at the pathology laboratory at Oxford University. “Hullo,” he said to the grouchy, work-absorbed Australian in charge. “I hear …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Barry Jones & Arthur Koestler

Among the handful of authors who shaped his young mind, Barry Jones told his television audience in September 1968, Arthur Koestler ranked high on the list.In Darkness at Noon and other books, Koestler had borne witness to the maelstrom of European …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Archduke Franz Ferdinand & the Platypus

encounters

On 17 May 1893, the newly launched SMS Kaiserin Elisabeth – a battle cruiser of the Austro-Hungarian Navy – steamed into Sydney Harbour. It bore a most distinguished passenger, no less a personage than the 29-year-old heir presumptive to …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

George W Bush & John Newcombe

George W Bush

For the Bushes, tennis was the family game, like touch football had been for the Kennedys. Olympic players and Davis Cup captains fed the Bush bloodline. George HW Bush was no slouch with a racket and could always find time between diplomatic, CIA and …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Bunyip Bluegum & Albert, A Magic Pudding

Artists

Bunyip Bluegum was a fine, round, splendid, well-bred young fellow. Compelled to leave home by the size of his uncle’s whiskers, he set off to see the world. In his rush to leave, however, he quite overlooked the issue of lunch. Fortunately, just as …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

John Peter Russell & Vincent van Gogh

Art

Early in November 1886, when the overcast sky was struggling to light his Montparnasse studio, a 28-year-old painter from Sydney took up his brush and began work on a portrait. His sitter was a fellow hopeful in the febrile Impressionist-dominated Parisian …

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