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There are many professions in which it pays to be able to tell a good story, but broadcasters and actors in particular need to know their way around spinning a yarn. But how does that translate to the page? Legend of the screen Bryan Brown has thrown himself into an acclaimed book of stories of crime, mischief and sly humour Sweet Jimmy while king of the radio waves Jon Faine has produced a rollicking work of non-fiction Apollo & Thelma full of unlikely mayhem and unforgettable characters. With host Caroline Overington we celebrate these two books by new authors but master storytellers.
Bryan Brown (Australian)
Iconic Australian actor Bryan Brown became an international success in the early eighties with critical acclaim from performances in Breaker Morant and the TV series A Town Like Alice. A stream of Australian hits and Hollywood productions followed including The Thorn Birds, Gorillas in the Mist, FX, Newsfront, The Shiralee, Cocktail, Two Hands, Beautiful Kate, Along Came Polly, Australia and in 2019 Palm Beach which he produced and starred in. In a 40-year career Bryan has appeared in over 80 films and worked in some 25 countries. This achievement earned him the prestigious Longford Lyell Award at the 2018 AACTAs recognising his contribution to Australian cinema. Bryan’s first book Sweet Jimmy was published in 2021.
Jon Faine (Australian)
Jon Faine is an award-winning journalist who, until October 2019, hosted the agenda-setting morning broadcast for ABC Radio in Melbourne for more than twenty years. Before joining the ABC in 1989 to host The Law Report on Radio National, Jon had practised for seven years in both commercial litigation and as a legal aid/human rights advocate. He regularly contributes to major newspapers with opinion pieces, has been nominated for three Walkley awards, and does countless conference presentations, panel moderations, guest lectures and public events. His best-selling travel book was published by ABC books. Jon is well known for his provocative and probing debate, quick wit and thought-provoking ideas.
Caroline Overington (Australian)
Caroline Overington is the Literary Editor at The Australian; a two-time Walkley winner for investigative journalism; host of the true crime documentary The Disappearance of William Tyrrell; and the author of 15 books. Her most recent novel The Cuckoo's Cry was published in 2021.