Charles Massy


Charles Massy has had a long involvement in the wool industry and with sheep breeding. He founded the leading Merino stud ‘Severn Park’ in 1975. He has published numerous articles on the wool industry, Merino and wool history and the environment, as well as serving on the boards of the International Wool Secretariat and the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation.

His first book, The Australian Merino, was published by Penguin in 1990. After being traded on eBay for several hundred dollars a copy, it was re-released by Random House in 2007 and its print run sold out almost immediately.

Charles’s second book, Breaking the Sheep’s Back, was published by UQP in 2011, and is the shocking true story of the decline and fall of the Australian wool empire – a tale that features a brace of Australian characters, political skulduggery and betrayal on a massive scale. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Ashurst Business Literature Prize and the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (History category).

Charles’s third book, Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, a New Earth, was published by UQP in 2017, and explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. It will publish in the US in 2018 with Chelsea Green Publishing. Charles's first children's book, "The Last Dragon" about the rare, endangered Monaro earless dragon will publish with the National Library of Australia in 2019.  

For enquiries about Charles’s publication, audio, film and TV rights, please contact Jeanne Ryckmans: