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

Brian Burke & Nicolae Ceausescu

Everybody wanted to be Nicolae Ceausescu's friend - the United States, Britain, China and the premier of Western Australia. To the Americans and the Chinese, the infamous Romanian dictator was a geopolitical thorn in the side of the Soviet Union. To Brian …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Paul Keating & Jack Lang

Labor Party

More than 30 years after his dismissal from office, ‘The Big Fella' was little more than a historical footnote, a near-forgotten figure. But to the 18-year-old Paul Keating, he was a living legend, a man still worth knowing.A self-taught self-improver …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Eugene Goossens & the Witch of Kings Cross

Australian Music

Sir Eugene Goossens was a man who liked a little magic in his life. Sex magic, to be specific. Goossens was a world-famous conductor and composer, a friend of Picasso and Stravinsky. “My heart just loosens when I listen to Goossens,” wrote his pal …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Helena Rubinstein & the Merino

Finance

More than a century after the event, it remains unclear exactly why Chaja Rubinstein, 23, fled her native Poland and took lodgings with her uncle Louis Silberfeld, a shopkeeper in the hamlet of Coleraine, in the west of Victoria. Some say it was to escape …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Alfred Deakin & John Bunyan

Liberal Party

Alfred Deakin occupied many notable posts and earned several memorable sobriquets in his long and distinguished public career. Member for Ballarat, Minister for Public Works and Water Supply, Chief Secretary and Solicitor-General of Victoria, Executive …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Thea Proctor & Margaret Preston

Australian Art

Until the cakes started to fly, the two artists were something of a mutual admiration society. Thea Proctor was elegant, tasteful and generous, while Margaret Preston was flamboyant and stubbornly single-minded. One painted ladies on fans, the other …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Daniel Mannix & BA Santamaria

In 1935 to be Catholic was to be Irish, and the hierarchy ruled its flock with a firm doctrinal hand and an unchallenged tribal authority - no one more so than Daniel Mannix, the venerable Cork-born archbishop of Melbourne. Tall, gaunt and magisterial, …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

‘Banjo’ Paterson & Rudyard Kipling

Africa

In March 1900 in Bloemfontein, in the Orange Free State, Andrew ‘Banjo' Paterson attended a dinner hosted by the commander of the British forces occupying the town. The 36-year-old Sydney solicitor and poet was in South Africa to cover Australia's contribution …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Isabel Letham & Duke Kahanamoku

Ballet

On Thursday, 24 December 1914, an athletic young Hawaiian strode across the beach at Freshwater, a stretch of sand between Manly and Curl Curl. The day was clear and sunny, and Duke Kahanamoku was about to perform a feat never before seen in Australia.Kahanamoku …

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