Related to: 'The Commando'

Hachette Australia

Songs of a War Boy

Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey
Authors:
Deng Thiak Adut, Ben Mckelvey

Ben Mckelvey

Ben Mckelvey is a freelance writer and editor from Sydney who has filed for Good Weekend, GQ, Voyeur, Rolling Stone, The Bulletin, Cosmo, Cleo and the Age and West Australian newspapers. Ben's previous gigs have included editing Sports&Style and Juice magazines, and working at the Sydney Morning Herald as a Senior Feature Writer. He has been embedded with the ADF in East Timor and Iraq, and has worked independently in Iran and Afghanistan.

Bob Cooper

Bob Cooper is the go-to survival man for ABC radio and television. He has delivered outback safety and survival courses since 1990 and is considered the leading desert survival instructor in the country. He has also featured in several major television documentaries produced for National Geographic America, the BBC, the Discovery Channel, THE WORLD AROUND US and 60 MINUTES. For more information about Bob visit his website (http://www.bobcoopersurvival.com/index.asp).

Caleb Carr

Caleb Carr is a military historian and a bestselling novelist, contributing editor to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and contributor to the World Policy Journal.

Cindy Wockner

Cindy Wockner is National Investigations Editor at News Corporation Newspapers, Australia. Her articles appear in News Corp papers across Australia, including the COURIER-MAIL, the DAILY TELEGRAPH, HERALD-SUN, ADELAIDE ADVERTISER and NT NEWS. Cindy has co-authored two books, BALI 9 and EVIL IN THE SUBURBS. You can follow Cindy on Twitter @CindyWockner or visit cindywockner.com

David Mason

In 1988, David Mason joined the French Foreign Legion. He stayed for five years and served in the Legion's elite Parachute Regiment. David later wrote about his time in the Legion in MARCHING WITH THE DEVIL. In 1998, alone with three camels, David walked across Australia at its widest point, carrying out the first recorded solo east-to-west crossing of the Simpson Desert. For this expedition he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Geographic Society. He wrote a book about this journey titled, WALK ACROSS AUSTRALIA: THE FIRST SOLO CROSSING. For a decade David was Counsel, International Law in the Department of Defence. He was Senior Adviser to Australia's Defence Minister and later, National Security Adviser to the Attorney-General of Australia. David left the Attorney's office to pursue a Doctorate in Law at the Australian National University's College of Law. His doctoral thesis deals with the status of mercenaries in international armed conflict. David has deployed on operations eight times and is the only person to have served as a Legionnaire, Australian Defence Civilian on Bougainville and in Iraq, Private Contractor in Iraq and as an Australian Defence Force Officer in Afghanistan.

David Thibodeau

David Thibodeau was born and raised in Maine. He is one of only four Branch Davidians who survived the Waco, Texas massacre who was not sentenced to prison. Over the twenty-five years since, David has lived in Los Angeles, California; Austin, Texas; and currently lives in Bangor, Maine, where he continues his life as a drummer and entrepreneur. David is a life-long student of history and is always anxious to see where "my country is headed by not heeding the lessons of the past."

Deng Thiak Adut

Refugee advocate and lawyer Deng Thiak Adut arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1998. His first book, Songs of a War Boy, details his harrowing experience as a child soldier in Sudan. In 2016 he was selected to give the prestigious Australia Day Address at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is the co-founder of AC Law Group, a law firm known for its commitment to the communities of Western Sydney. To honour his brother, Deng established the John Mac Foundation to further education and justice in Australia and Sudan, including providing university scholarships for people from refugee backgrounds. In 2017 he was named NSW Australian of the Year.

Frank Walker

Frank Walker is a veteran journalist. His newspaper roles have included being chief reporter for the SUN-HERALD covering defence, veterans' affairs, national security and terrorism. He's also worked on the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, the NATIONAL TIMES, for News Limited in New York, and for Deutsche Welle international radio in Germany. In 2009, Hachette published his first book, THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAM - the remarkable true story of the secret war of Captain Barry Petersen in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. It was a bestseller. Frank followed this with his bestselling GHOST PLATOON in 2012, MARALINGA in 2014, COMMANDOS in 2015 and TRAITORS in 2017. He lives in Sydney with his family. For more information visit www.frankwalker.com.au

Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal was at the centre of literary and intellectual life for half a century and wrote 'The Narratives of a Golden Age' series as well as countless bestsellers. He died on 31st July 2012.

James Knight

James Knight has worked in network television, independent documentaries and is a bestselling author. He has written twelve non-fiction books, with topics including cricket, travel, mountaineering, and human-interest biographies. He wrote THE DRAGON'S JOURNEY, an incredible story about Vietnamese boat person Duy Long Nguyen; THE MAN FROM COOLIBAH, the bestselling biography of outback legend Milton Jones; and most recently worked with Sally Faulkner on ALL FOR MY CHILDREN. James lives in Sydney.

Jeffrey Watson

Jeffrey Watson is a broadcaster, author, journalist and documentary maker with over forty years in the business. Best known as a presenter on BEYOND 2000, he has also contributed to THIS DAY TONIGHT, FOUR CORNERS, 60 MINUTES and GETAWAY. A passionate aviator, Jeffrey is a member of the Spitfire Association, an honorary member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and in 1991 was created a Chevalier of the Order of Merit by French President Francois Mitterrand. Jeffrey has authored several books, including SIDNEY COTTON: THE LAST PLANE OUT OF BERLIN and KILLER CALDWELL.

Jon E. Lewis

Jon E. Lewis is a historian and writer, whose books on history and military historyare sold worldwide. He is also editor of many The Mammoth Book of anthologies, including the bestselling On the Edge and Endurance and Adventure.He holds graduate and postgraduate degrees in history. His work has appeared in New Statesman, the Independent, Time Out and the Guardian. He lives in Herefordshire with his partner and children.Praise for his previous books:England: The Autobiography:'A triumph' Saul David, author of Victoria's ArmyThe British Soldier: The Autobiography:'this thoughtful compilation . . . almost unbearably moving.' Guardian'Compelling tommy's eye view of war.' Daily Telegraph'What a book. Five stars.' Daily Express

Larry Writer

Larry Writer is the author of a number of books, including bestsellers the Ned Kelly Award-winning RAZOR, and PLEASURE AND PAIN. Larry is also an experienced journalist and in recent years has written for the WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN, AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW and the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

Michael Veitch

Michael Veitch is well known as an author, actor, comedian and former ABC television and radio presenter. His books include the critically acclaimed accounts of Australian airmen in World War II, 44 DAYS, HEROES OF THE SKIES, FLY, FLAK and BARNEY GREATREX. He lives in the Yarra Valley, outside Melbourne.

Milad Jafari

Milad Jafari was born in Iran and he and his family had to leave their homeland to escape political persecution. He lives in Brisbane with his wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor. Milad is working, studying and looking forward to the day he becomes an Australian citizen.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor

Mojgan Shamsalipoor was born in Iran and at seventeen she fled the country hoping to find sanctuary. She arrived in Australia and requested asylum. Mojgan is currently living in Brisbane with her husband, Milad Jafari. She hopes to be able to stay in Australia and study to become a midwife.

Robert Macklin

Robert Macklin was born in Queensland and educated at University of Queensland and the Australian National University. He has worked as a journalist at the COURIER-MAIL, THE AGE and THE BULLETIN, and was associate editor of the CANBERRA TIMES until 2003.Robert is the author of 27 books, including DARK PARADISE, HAMILTON HUME and four works focusing on the SAS and Australia's Special Forces: SAS SNIPER, REDBACK ONE, SAS INSIDER and WARRIOR ELITE. He lives in Canberra.

Roger Maynard

Roger Maynard is a Sydney-based freelance journalist and works for the BBC and The Times amongst other publications. He is the author of three true crime books and HELL'S HEROES, the story of Australians held at the worst POW camp on the Japanese mainland. For more information visit www.Rogermaynard.com.au

Roland Perry

Roland Perry is an award-winning author, journalist and documentary-maker, best known for his writing on Australian military and sporting history. His books include BRADMAN'S INVINCIBLES, THE FIGHT FOR AUSTRALIA, MONASH: THE OUTSIDER WHO WON THE WAR, THE AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE, THE CHANGI BROWNLOW, biographies of cricketers Keith Miller and Shane Warne, his highly praised life of DON BRADMAN, as well as the recent bestsellers BILL THE BASTARD and HORRIE THE WAR DOG. Roland Perry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, for services to literature, in 2011. For more information visit rolandperryauthor.com