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

Donald Bradman & Boris Karloff

In the northern summer of 1932, Donald and Jessie Bradman spent their honeymoon crossing North America on a cricket tour sponsored by the Australian Dried Fruit Board. The Don's fame preceded him, the New York Times lauding the batsman as "the …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Lionel Rose & Elvis Presley

Arts

Lionel Rose was nearing the end of a hard training session when he got the message that Elvis Presley wanted to meet him. It was December 1968 and the 20-year-old Aboriginal boxer had come to Los Angeles to defend his world bantamweight title against …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Thomas Blamey & Douglas MacArthur

Middle East

When General Sir Thomas Blamey heard that General Douglas MacArthur had been appointed Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the South West Pacific Area, he was enjoying a drink in the first-class lounge of the Queen Mary, two days out of Cape …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Peter Lalor & Raffaello Carboni

When Peter Lalor's moment in history arrived, it caught him by surprise. He'd come to Australia to strike it rich, not to lead a rebellion. The 27-year-old Irishman had shown no interest in politics in his native country. A Catholic from a once-prosperous, …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

David Combe & Valery Ivanov

ALP

When Labor won the 1983 election, David Combe thought he had it made. As ALP national secretary he’d put the party apparatus on a professional footing, secured its finances and paved the way for Bob Hawke’s eventual victory. Now a commercial lobbyist, …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Nicole Kidman & Tom Cruise

Business

He was a hot-shot stock-car driver. She was a winsome 22-year-old brain surgeon. Theirs was truly a marriage made in make-believe.The film was released as Days of Thunder, but when she got the call that he wanted her to read for a part, the working title …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Bogin, hopit

nation_reviewed

In late May wild poppies are brilliant splashes of red on the hillsides of Crete, and fallen mulberries stain the roadsides of the villages. The first of the season’s tourists have already started to crowd the coastal resorts and toast themselves on …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Gough Whitlam & Zhou Enlai

ALP

Early in 1971, the Australian Wheat Board was worried that politics were getting in the way of business. To the Coalition government in Canberra, Red China was a downward-thrusting threat to be contained and isolated. To the AWB, it was a market at risk.Enter …

Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

Margaret Fulton & Elizabeth David

Britain

The combination was untried but promising. To a well-pickled English favourite add a hearty Australian staple. Mix together in a selection of French cookware, season with mutual respect, sit with a glass of wine and let the flavours mingle. Elizabeth …

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