Meet Our Authors

Max Carmichael

Max Carmichael was born in country Victoria and educated at The Geelong College. On leaving school he worked as a Jackeroo on his parent’s property and during this time joined the Citizen Military Force (later called the Army Reserve). In1996 he transferred to the Australian Regular Army and served in a variety of headquarter and staff appointments including three operational deployments. It was during his regular army service he met two of those who would join the ill-fated Black Cat Trek, Glen Reiss and Jon Hill. Max has published two other works,

In Kilted Company and With Skill and Fighting. These two publications led Glen Reiss to approach him to write Attack On The Black Cat Track.


Lyn Clarke

Lyn Clarke has been a writer for many decades, including working as an advertising copywriter and journalist. Lyn also lectures in a Bachelor of Applied Communications at RMIT University.

She is the author of Making A Difference: the legends and landmarks of Baptcare.

Mervyn E. Collins

Merv Collins is an experienced writer, educator and musician, who has been published in daily newspapers and a wide variety of magazines in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has written on subjects as diverse as sport, aviation history, motherhood and music, and has won national awards for intergenerational journalism and for magazine feature articles. Merv was a professional trumpeter, teacher, band conductor and adjudicator for more than thirty years.

He writes extensively on musical topics, particularly profiles, histories and reviews. His book The Remarkable Mr Morrison: The Virtuosity and Versatility of Australia’s Master Musician is a result of that undiminishing fascination.

Annette Cooper

Annette Cooper has had a lifelong interest in Melbourne's social and architectural history, especially the landscape of the city. She was a devoted client of Georges, enjoying its elegant and refined atmosphere. In Remembering Georges, she brings together these two interests, and hopes that the book will serve as a tribute to one of Melbourne's most-loved stores. 

Nicola Crichton-Brown

Nicola Crichton-Brown is the granddaughter of Samuel Wynn, one of Australia's most famous winemakers. She was born and educated in London where she obtained a degree in comparative law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Practising in the city for nine years as a solicitor specialising in marine and commercial litigation, she subsequently attained a Graduate Diploma in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and then embarked on a career in fundraising, notably at the Royal College of Art. Eager to develop her links with Australia, the author became a UK distributor for several Australian fashion and skincare brands before meeting her husband and settling with him and their daughter on their property, Deltroit, near Gundagai in New South Wales. Her book is entitled Deltroit and the Valley of Hillas Creek: A Social and Environmental History. 

Susan Cutsforth

Susan Cutsforth and her husband, Stuart, are ‘ordinary’ people living an extraordinary life. They both work full-time: one is a teacher librarian of thirty years, and the other, a middle-level clerk in the public service. But, as Susan recounts in Our House is Not in Paris (and the sequel, Our House is Certainly Not in Paris), they own a holiday house, Pied de la Croix, in Cuzance, a small village in the Lot in south-western France — the other side of the world. And not only that, this petite maison required significant renovating, which they accomplished almost singlehandedly during their working holidays. 

Elaine Davies

Helen Downey

The career of non-fiction author Helen Downey mirrors the familiar pattern of work for many women. Helen's promising start, with four books in her History on Stage series, published in quick succession, was put on hold after the arrival of three children. Helen holds a Bachelor of Education and TSTC at Melbourne State College, with a major in Asian Fine Arts and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Letters (Honours) at Deakin University, with a major in Myth and Ideology. Helen has written feature stories for The Age, Canberra Times, Sunday Herald and The Weekly Times. Her History on Stage series includes the titles Ancient America; Ancient River Civilizations, Suma and Egypt; Ancient Greece; and Ancient Rome. She is the author of Wide World of English 2, and co-author of the Techne leaflet series for ACTA. She was an Editor and writer of 'Asthma Update' for the Asthma Foundations of Australia, and an Editor for the teachers' notes 'Challenge', 'Pursuit', 'Explore' and 'Comet'. This former secondary art, media studies, history and English teacher was also a member of the Secondary Art and Craft Standing Committee, is an experienced Queenscliffe Information Centre Volunteer Heritage Guide, and recently returned from a year living in France. Her most current work, a biography of Theodora Fitzpatrick, grew into Making Herstory.