Roland Perry


Roland began his writing career as a journalist on The Age 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.

Roland has published 30 books in a range of genres including biography, politics, espionage, history (WWI and WWII), sport and fiction. He has specialised in history, and written six bestsellers on World Wars I and II. 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).

Roland’s 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) for 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.  In October 2011 Roland 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. Monash University bestowed a professorship on Roland 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.

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