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

Douglas Mawson & Scott of the Antarctic

Society

When Douglas Mawson turned up at Robert Falcon Scott’s London office in January 1910, Scott assumed that the 27-year-old geology lecturer from Adelaide had come to enlist in his forthcoming expedition to the South Pole. Eight thousand men had already …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Count Paul Strzelecki & Lady Jane Franklin

Society

Paul Strzelecki had itchy feet. The son of a minor nobleman, without land or title, he quit Poland aged 33 and headed for England. There, he pursued geology and began to style himself as count. Then it was Africa, then Canada and the US, Mexico and Cuba. …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Allen Ginsberg & Wandjuk Marika

Arts

Allen Ginsberg saw the best minds of his generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix. Then he went to the Northern Territory. There, on a rainy evening in …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Kissinger & Burchett

Politics

Wilfred Burchett was a tad wary when he presented his ID to the sentry at the White House on a foggy morning in October 1971. His passport was Cuban and his UN press pass restricted him to New York. But the marine waved him through and, sure enough, President …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

600 Million Rabbits & Myxomatosis

Rabbits are poor conservers of energy. They can’t adapt to drought. Their diet is not diverse. All in all, they are not well suited to the Australian environment. But when it comes to reproduction they can’t be bettered. Mating takes 30 seconds, courtship …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Percy Grainger & Edvard Grieg

Society

As a small child growing up in Melbourne, Percy Grainger devoured the Icelandic sagas, signed his letters “Grettir the Strong” and bounded up every available stairway. His adoring mother Rose, meanwhile, was showing him what happens to naughty boys …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Margaret Court and Martina Navratilova

Society

When Margaret Court walked into the locker room at the close of the 1973 French Open, Martina Navratilova tried not to gawk. Court was a figure of awe, the most successful player in the history of women’s tennis. Navratilova was an ungainly teenager …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Richard Casey & Mahatma Gandhi

Politics

On 1 December 1945, as British rule of India entered its tumultuous final phase, Mohandas Gandhi arrived in Calcutta. That night, he held the first of a series of meetings with the Raj’s local representative, Richard Casey, the governor of …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Frank Sinatra & Bob Hawke

Bob Hawke

“A funny thing happened in Australia,” Frank Sinatra told a New York audience. “I made a mistake and got off the plane.” The plane in question – the private jet of one of Sinatra’s Las Vegas casino connections – landed in Melbourne on 9 …

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