Nigel Starck: Proud Australian Boy

From Changi to the Tower of London

John Ellison Davies


Proud Australian Boy: A Biography of Russell Braddon
by Nigel Starck
Australian Scholarly Publishing, $34.95 pb, 284 pp, 9781921875403


Russell Braddon was part of the first wave of postwar Australian ‘expatriates’ who embedded themselves in British cultural life. He published memoirs, novels, and biographies. He wrote for newspapers. He was a regular guest on BBC radio, a presenter on television, always in demand on the lunch and dinner speaking circuit. He enjoyed the life of a popular and successful author for more than forty years. He was a showman with sound instincts and good intentions. Nigel Starck has written his biography with respect and affection.

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John Ellison Davies

John Ellison Davies

John Ellison Davies lives in Terrigal, New South Wales. His poems and short stories have appeared in numerous publications. Individual poems have been broadcast on ABC Radio National’s A First Hearing and Poetica. As a freelance writer and critic he has contributed to the National Times, Cleo, Quadrant, Art & Australia, and the Sydney Morning Herald. He has also appeared as an extra in the ABC3 television series My Place.

Published in February 2012 no. 338

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