Michael Asher served in the Parachute Regiment and SAS. A fluent Arab speaker, he has lived for years among the Bedouin peoples. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, his published books include SHOOT TO KILL (1990), THESIGER: A BIOGRAPHY (1994) and an acclaimed biography of Lawrence of Arabia. His THE REAL BRAVO TWO ZERO (2002) was a Sunday Times Top 10 best seller.
Ken Lukowiak was born in 1959. He served with 2 Para in the Falklands War. Despite his conviction for drug possession he was discharged from the army with an Exemplary Conduct Record. Soldier¿s Song was published in 1992 and became an instant classic.
John D. MacDonald
John D MacDonald (1916-1986)MacDonald was born in Sharon, Pa, and educated at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Syracuse and Harvard, where he took an MBA in 1939. After war service in the Far East he wrote hundreds of stories for the pulps and over seventy novels, including the 21 in the Travis McGee sequence.
John Masters was commissioned into the Gurkha Rifles on the eve of the Second World War and rose to command one of the Chindit columns fighting behind the lines against the Japanese in Burma. He left the Army after the war to pursue a very profitable career as a novelist.
Graeme McLagan specialises in long-term investigations for BBC news and current affairs programmes. He has been the BBC's expert on police corruption for more than twenty years, presenting three Panorama programmes on the subject as well as several major stories for Newsnight. He won the Royal Television Society prize for his scoops while covering the 'Arms for Iraq' scandal and was commended in 1998 for Bent, the second of his Panorama programmes on police corruption. He is the co-author of Mr Evil, the story of David Copeland, the neo-Nazi bomber. Born in London and still living there, Graeme McLagan is married with two grown-up children. The Newcastle Journal was his first newspaper, followed by the Daily Mail in London. He joined the BBC in 1971, becoming Home Affairs reporter and then Special Correspondent.
Clive Small Tom Gilling
Now retired, CLIVE SMALL was one of NSW's most successful detectives and an Assistant Commissioner of Police before becoming ICAC's chief investigator. TOM GILLING's acclaimed novels, The Sooterkin, Miles McGinty and Dreamland, have all been published in Australia, as well as in London and New York. He co-wrote The Bagman: Final Confessions of Jack Herbert.
Paul Toohey was born in 1963 and brought up in Perth and Darwin. He first worked in journalism for Darwin newspapers, and then moved to music magazines in Sydney and Melbourne, becoming editor of Rock Australia Magazine. Drawn to stories outside the mainstream media agenda, he later edited Melbourne's Truth newspaper and World magazine. In the early and mid-1990s Toohey had articles published in a variety of journals, including the Age's Good Weekend and the Independent Monthly. These were collected with many unpublished items in his first book, God's Little Acre, for which he travelled around Australia, and to New Zealand, America, Britain and Indonesia. He has since won a Walkley Award and the Graham Perkin Award for journalism. Paul Toohey is now a senior writer for the Bulletin.