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

John Pilger & Martha Gellhorn

Short Stories

Martha Gellhorn wrote many things during her remarkable 60-year career. Reports on living conditions in the mine and mill towns of Depression-era America. Newspaper despatches from battlefronts as far-flung as Spain, Finland, Java and El Salvador. Trenchant …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Johnny O’Keefe & Jack Benny

encounters

After more than 50 years in the business, Jack Benny was nothing if not a trouper. When CBS dumped his long-running television show at the end of 1963, he pursed his lips, packed his violin and took his schtick on the road. In Australia, a consortium …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Kylie Minogue & Michael Hutchence

It was great while it lasted, according to Kylie. “I learnt a lot.” They met at a bash after the Countdown Awards, the program’s final show, in July 1987. He was brooding, lascivious and charismatic, the rock-god frontman of …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Redmond Barry & Edward Kelly

Lawyers

In the 40 years since young Redmond Barry’s arrival in Melbourne, low on cash and prospects, the raw frontier town of 5000 souls had grown into a grand and well-appointed metropolis. And the ambitious Irish barrister had played no small part in its …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Billy Hughes & Woodrow Wilson

Labor Party

The president of the United States did not have a high opinion of the prime minister of Australia. “A pestiferous varmint”, he called him. But William Morris Hughes didn’t give a damn what Woodrow Wilson thought of him. He’d been called a lot …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

HMAS Melbourne & HMAS Voyager

China

On the evening of 10 February 1964, the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, flagship of the Royal Australian Navy, and the Daring-class destroyer HMAS Voyager were conducting a night exercise to the south-east of Jervis Bay. …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Arthur Calwell & Peter Kocan

Federal election

In the lead-up to a federal election, the Labor Opposition leader is shot at point-blank range as he leaves a rowdy public meeting. The bullet, fired from a sawn-off rifle, shatters the window of his car, spattering him with broken glass and bullet fragments. …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Rose Lacson & Langley George Hancock

encounters

When her friend Connie pointed out the advertisement in the morning paper, Rose Lacson told her she was crazy. She was just passing through, after all, on a 30-day tourist visa. A prolonged stay in Perth was not something she'd considered.There was also …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Daisy Bates & Harry ‘Breaker’ Morant

They were new chums, fresh off the boat. Daisy May O'Dwyer was 20, the porcelain-skinned daughter of a drunkard doctor from Cashel. Edwin Henry Murrant, a year younger, was English and claimed to be the illegitimate son of an Admiral. For each, Australia …

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