Meet Our Authors

Kornelia Freeman

Kornelia Freeman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University, specialising in English, History and German, and she works in Education.

Kornelia and her twin brother, Ulo Pukk are the authors and photographers for Melbourne Books’ Portraits of Victoria series, which to date includes: The Dandenong RangesParks & Gardens of MelbourneLaneways of Melbourne, Melbourne HighlightsThe Mornington Peninsula To Wilsons Promontory and The Yarra Valley & Surrounds.

Kornelia and Ulo enjoy photography, travel, researching historical sites, uncovering secrets and showcasing the beauty of Victoria.  



Nigel Giles

Nigel Giles grew up watching television in Croydon, Victoria. He graduated from La Trobe University in 1996 with a BA in Cinema Studies, and since then he has contributed to various newspapers and magazines. He provided research assistance for the books Super Aussie Soaps (Pluto Press, 2004) and Puberty Blues (Currency Press, 2004) and has contributed to Umbrella Entertainment DVD releases of Number 96, The Young Doctors and Sons & Daughters. In 2006 he was the major contributor to the Sydney Powerhouse Museum’s On the Box exhibition celebrating fifty years of Australian television. He has recorded close to fifty oral history interviews for the National Film and Sound Archive. This is his first book.

Lou Grossfeldt

Lou Grossfeldt has always wanted to work with animals. Today she is one of Australia’s leading experts on primate husbandry and care. Lou has spent more than two decades working to help save our primate family from extinction, and today she supervises the African primate division at Taronga Zoo. She served as an author on Our Primate Family: Stories of Conservation and Kin.

Greg Hall

Greg Hall survived the 'school of hard knocks' to become one of Australia's most succesful jockeys. Hall was known as an enforcer in the saddle. He would always Ride to Win.

Steve Harris

Steve Harris has 30 years experience in journalism, media and high-performance organisations. He is the only person to have been editorial head of both of Melbourne’s major media groups: Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Age, and Editor-in-Chief of the Herald and Weekly Times Group. He was founding Editor of The Sunday Age, and has also been CEO of Melbourne FC and founding director of the Centre for Leadership and Public Interest, and served on the boards of the Australian Children's Television Foundation and Victorian Arts Centre. Solomon's Noose is his first book.


'Solomon’s Noose is a fascinating read' -  Ross Fitzgerald - The Australian 24/10/15

 'Gripping' - Steven Carroll - The Sydney Morning Herald 17/10/15

'Solomon Blay's story is remarkable‚Äč' - Tim Martain - The Dialy Telegraph 29/08/15

'Solomon’s Noose is an illuminating look at the difficult birth of a nation through its darkest, most dangerous period' -  Smith Journal 25/08/15

The story of Tasmania's longest serving hangman interview - Conversations with Richard Fidler - ABC Radio Podcast 15/09/15

Fiona Harrison

Fiona Harrison is a senior lecturer in landscape architecture at RMIT University. Her research explores the social, political and experiental dimensions of the design and education process. Her teaching offers a bridge between the institution of learning and the outside world, and her projects include designing and building private gardens for public display and generating ideas around food security for public discussion. Alongside teaching, she also practices as a design consultant on public projects and private gardens; many of these projects have been awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects. 

Tony Harrison

Tony Harrison has lived the life of a professional snake catcher for twenty years. He is one of the authors of Snake Catcher: True Stories and Reptile Facts. 

Phyllis Hoffman

Phyllis Hoffman has been teaching fashion and design for over 30 years. She is passionate about colour and texture. Five years ago she discovered felting and with a life-long love of wool she found an exciting new medium for expressing her creativity in fitted clothing. With her fast experience in sewing, fitting and felting, and having written books on sewing in the 90's, it was just a matter of time before she wrote Felted Vests: A Step-by-Step Guide.