About Roland Perry, Author
Roland Perry has published 30 books (the latest is Céleste: The Parisian Courtesan Who Became a Countess and Bestselling Writer) in a range of genres including biography, politics, espionage, history (WW1 and WW2), sport and fiction. Professor Perry has specialised in history, and has written six bestsellers on World 1 and World War 11. He is the only author to have produced books on both the major battle zones of the Great War (1914-1918): the Western Front (Monash) and Eastern Front (The Australian Lighthorse). Perry has also written the most comprehensive work on Australia’s involvement in the Pacific War (1941-1945): The Fight for Australia. His other three books on war are: Bill the Bastard; Horrie; and Changi Brownlow, which was short-listed for the Australian Booksellers Industry Award for non-fiction (2010).
Bill the Bastard, the story of Australia’s greatest war-horse, was published in November 2012 and was chosen as one of 50 top reads in 2013 in the national Get Reading! program. The film rights to this book have been sold to leading Australian producer/director Simon Wincer. Perry’s 27th book—Horrie—was published in November 2013 and like BILL, is a national best-seller.
Perry’s 28th book, The Queen, her Lover and the most notorious spy in history, was published in October 2014 by Allen & Unwin. It has been number one in the category ‘History’ since first published. His 29th book, a thriller set in Thailand, The Honourable Assassin was published in October 2015.
Professor Perry’s political books include Hidden Power—the Programming of the President, about the election and Presidency of Ronald Reagan.
Perry’s works on sport include the number one bestseller and definitive work on Sir Donald Bradman, The Don (republished in October 2014 as Don Bradman);Bradman’s Invincibles (republished in November 2014); and Bradman’s Best,a number one bestseller.
His other biographies have covered a variety of characters, including General Sir John Monash (Monash), Wilfred Burchett (The Exile), Keith Miller (Miller’s Luck), Peter Chitty (Changi Brownlow), Shane Warne (Bold Warnie); Mel Gibson (Mel Gibson, Actor, Director, Producer); and two members of most notorious Cambridge University ring of spies: the British Lord Rothschild (The Fifth Man), and the American Michael Whitney Straight (The Last of the Cold War Spies).
Perry began his writing career as a journalist on The Age Melbourne from 1969 to 1973. After five years in England making documentary films, he had his first book, a novel, Program for a Puppet, published in 1979. It was an international best-seller that was translated into eight languages.
Educated at Scotch College Melbourne, Perry has an Economics degree from Monash University (1972). His awards include: the Frederick Blackham Exhibition Prize in Journalism at Melbourne University (1969); the prestigious Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award for non-fiction (2004) with Monash: the outsider who won a war; and Cricket Biography of the Year (2006) from the UK Cricket Society for Miller’s Luck, a biography of all-rounder, Keith Miller. (The UKDaily Mail judged this as ‘Sports book of the year’ in 2006.)
In October 2011 Perry was made a Fellow of Monash University. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia ‘for service to literature as an author’ in June 2011. He was a member of the National Archives of Australia’s Advisory Council 2006-2012. He is a member of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, the KK Club, and a director of The Spirit of Australia Foundation. Monash University bestowed a Professorship on Roland Perry in October 2012. He is the University’s first Writer-in-Residence, lecturing PhDs and PhD aspirants on all aspects of writing, and Australian history. He also teaches writing classes in PLC’s Gifted Education program.