Authors discuss the unorthodox and unusual research methods they’ve undertaken for their art. ABC Radio Sydney’s James Valentine talks to former policeman and private investigator Duncan McNab (Getting Away With Murder); Norman Ohler, whose bestselling Blitzed reveals the drug use of the Third Reich; and John Zubrzycki (The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician, Spy), who has had a long association with India as a Hindi student, diplomat, foreign correspondent and tour guide. 

Please note: Fiona McIntosh will no longer be appearing at this event. 

John Zubrzycki (Australian)

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John Zubrzycki’s latest book The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy tells the extraordinary story of one of the most enigmatic figures of the Raj. For the past two years John has been researching the history of Indian stage magic as part of a doctoral thesis at the University of NSW. A former deputy foreign editor at The Australian, he has worked in India as a correspondent, diplomat, consultant and tour guide.  His first book was The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback.

Duncan McNab (Australian)

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Duncan McNab is a former police detective, private investigator, investigative journalist and media adviser to government and the private sector. He is the author of eight books, including the phenomenally bestselling Dead Man Running and Roger Rogerson.

Norman Ohler (International)

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Norman Ohler is the author of three novels, Die Quotenmaschine (the world's first hypertext novel), Mitte, and Stadt des Goldes (translated into English as Ponte City), as well as two novellas. He was co-writer of the script for Wim Wenders's film Palermo Shooting. In 2004, Norman was invited to be the Town Writer of Ramallah in Palestine, and of Jerusalem. Norman's first work of non-fiction is Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich, for which he spent five years researching in numerous archives across Germany and the United States. Blitzed has become an international bestseller, translated into over 25 languages.

James Valentine (Australian)

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James Valentine presents Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney. He is also the presenter of ABC TV’s weekly arts show The Mix. He’s been working in media as a TV producer, broadcaster, feature writer, reviewer for over thirty years. He wrote the JumpMan series for young readers and began his working life as a musician appearing with Models and Jo Camilleri.