Meet Our Authors

Kristen Manning

Kristen Manning is a journalist specializing in thoroughbred racing and breeding. Kristen Manning has been involved in the world of horse racing since she was fifteen. Hooked when her father took a share in a horse who was to win nine races, she embarked on her racing career as a cadet journalist at Truth Newspaper. After three years at that infamous Melbourne paper, Kristen became a freelance writer, working for the racing publications Winning Post, Racetrack, Australian Bloodhorse Review, Breeding&Racing, Pacemaker (UK) Turf Monthly, Inside Racing, Sunspeed, On Course (editor) and Owner/Breeder (US). She has also worked for Racing Victoria, the Moonee Valley Racing Club, the Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners Association, the Victorian Bookmakers Association, on community radio and she contributed four chapters to the book Great Thoroughbred Sires of the World. An enthusiastic racehorse owner and breeder, Kristen also works as a pedigree analyst, providing advice to individual breeders and studs. She has always held the ambition to write a book and is thrilled to document the life of Fields of Omagh, a horse she has long admired.   

Bruce McBrien

Bruce McBrien has enjoyed a virtual love affair with Melbourne and its environs almost since the day he was born. Bruce experienced first-hand life at the top of Melbourne's social strata in the early 20th century. In rich detail, he describes his childhood years living at the Harrison House in Spring Street, and paints a vivid picture of inner-city Melbourne in the early-to-mid-1900s. His family's social standing gave Bruce a rare perspective on Melbourne life, as is illustrated through his many brushes with iconic politicians and celebrities over the years. Bruce McBriend spent much of his life working as a musical theatre actor and is a passionate supporter and long-serving volunteer of the National Trust of Victoria. Marvellous Melbourne and Me details not only the varied life of the man, but also that of his city. Over the years Bruce has made a collection of newspaper clippings, photographs, invitations, artefacts and memorabilia, some of which have found their way into this publication.  

Kingsley McGlew

Kingsley McGlew hails from Perth and currently resides in Melbourne. He has written for television, short stories, short film scripts, and unproduced feature film scripts. Distance is his long-awaited breakout novel.

For those interested in following the new direction taken by Australian fiction, Distance is a must-read.

M. E. McGuire

M. E. McGuire, born and raised in Brisbane, first heard of Cynthia Nolan before her death. She was at this time, in that place, meeting some few but impressive artists’ wives. She left Brisbane in the wake of the great flood of 1974, and studied Art History and English at the University of Melbourne. Research eventually led her back to Cynthia Nolan and her books, which in time would lead her to Cynthia Reed. McGuire taught art history at Prahran Art School, Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts. In 1995 she published her book All Things Opposite: Essays on Australian Art. She is the author of Cynthia Nolan: A Biography.

Shane McNally

Shane McNally has been a racing journalist for thirty years, writing for Racetrack Magazine, then Turf Monthly, Thoroughbred Times (in the US) and now for Gallop (in Europe) amongst others. The plight of women in racing has intrigued Shane since he worked at the South Australian Jockey Club in his youth and heard colleagues dismiss visiting rider Therese Payne (Michelle’s sister) as a ‘sheila’ who couldn’t ride, even though she was an outstanding jockey who outrode many of the men.

Shane is the author of Sport of Queens: Women In Australian Horse Racing.

Simon Mee

Simon Mee is an important mid-career artist who draws inspiration from every day surroundings, art history and the news. He pushes, pulls and prodds at  life in all its messiness and humour through the use of art  history and its iconography. Simon is becoming well known as an artist and has major exhibitions in November 2014 and during 2015 and his work is appearing in art magazines nationally. His book is entitled Shangri-less: Simon Mee: artworks from 2004 to 2014.

Sarah Mirams

Dr Sarah Mirams is an historian specialising in environmental history. She has worked as a teacher, curriculum consultant, public historian and textbook author. Sarah is currently lecturing in Australian History at Monash University, Gippsland and is author of Darbein Parklands

John Nieuwenhuysen

John Nieuwenhuysen AM is an emeritus professor of economics at Monash University in Melbourne, and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia. He holds the degrees of MA (Natal) and PhD (London School of Economics). Born in South Africa in 1937, he emigrated to Australia in 1963, where he began his academic career, working for twenty-six years at the University of Melbourne. Currently a board member of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, and chair of the board of the (Monash Prato) Bill Kent Foundation, his many earlier roles have included deputy chancellor of RMIT University; visiting professor at King’s College, London; chief executive of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA); foundation director of the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements; and foundation director of the Commonwealth Government’s Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural and Population Research.