In the opening months of the First World War, the German raiding ship Emden wrought havoc on the maritime trade of the British Empire, capturing and sinking many ships. In 1914, the newborn Royal Australian Navy sent the HMAS Sydney into battle. First Victory is Mike Carlton’s enlightening history of this event, told in dynamic style and from a uniquely Australian perspective. Mike talks to David Marr about the bloody battle that remains to this day a celebrated epic of naval warfare. This truly fascinating story is rich and engaging.
David Marr (Australian)
David Marr is the multi-award-winning author of four Quarterly Essays including his most recent, The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell. His other works include Patrick White: A Life, Panic and The High Price of Heaven, and as co- author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory. He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He currently writes for the Guardian Australia and serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Mike Carlton is one of Australia's best-known broadcasters and journalists. In a 40-year career, he has been a radio and television news and current affairs reporter, foreign correspondent, radio host and newspaper columnist. He was an ABC war correspondent in Vietnam in 1967 and 1970, and for three years was the ABC's Bureau Chief in Jakarta. He also reported for the ABC from London, New York and major Asian capitals. He has recently retired from the Radio 2UE breakfast program in Sydney and has returned to writing a column for the Saturday edition of the Sydney Morning Herald. Mike has had a life-long passion for naval history and wrote Cruiser: The Life And Loss Of HMAS Perth And Her Crew and his most recent book is First Victory.