Meet Our Authors

Daniel Oakman

Daniel Oakman is a curator, historian and bike rider. He has curated exhibitions about bikes, cars, cities and urban design; including Freewheeling, a ground-breaking travelling exhibition on cycling in Australia. Daniel writes about cycling, sport, social history and politics. His first book, Facing Asia, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards.

With Melbourne Books, Oakman has published the first biography of Sir Hubert Opperman, Oppy: the Life of Sir Hubert Opperman.

Allan Paull

Allan Paull's musical talent has taken him around the world; it has afforded him once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities on radio shows, with the 'Folies Bergere' at 'The Tiv', with Joe Loss on BBC TV, for Carols by Candlelight and Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight on GTV9. In 1966 he even entertained troops in Vietnam. Paull's auto-biography is entitled Who the Hell is Allan Paull

Marc Phillips

Marc moved to Silicon Valley in 2000 following the acquisition of his Australian online software company. He was a founding shareholder of a Silicon Valley-based pioneering online video metrics firm. After this was acquired he became involved in other successful start ups before becoming a managing partner of Arafura Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, investing in technology start ups.

Marc’s previous books include: Successful Ecommerce and The World’s Best Online Advertising Campaigns.

In Inside Silicon Valley, Marc combines his passion for entrepreneurship, personal experiences and knowledge of raising venture capital.

James Prascevic


James provides an honest, first-hand account of the front lines of combat, and of the training that got him there. This is his story of life as an infantryman and the unglamorous aftermath of war. James Prascevic was a plumber in Victoria, when he decided to enlist as an infantryman in the Australian Defence Force. With 1 RAR he served in Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, where he was confronted with the horrifying effects of Improvised Explosive Devices. Upon his return from Afghanistan, he completed the Commando Selection and Training Course and most of the Reinforcement Cycle for the Special Forces, but broke his leg in a parachuting incident.

That was when the black dog bit, causing him to be medically discharged from the ADF after almost ten years of service. He was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depression, Anxiety and Alcohol Dependence. At first he was silent about it, until he lost his wife, his career and nearly his life.

James provides an honest, first-hand account of the front lines of combat, and of the training that got him there in Returned Soldier: My Battles: Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Susan Priestley

Susan Priestley, Master of Arts (University of Melbourne), has been an independent historian since 1962. She has written the incredibly researched Henrietta Augusta Dugdale: An Activist 1827–1918, eleven commissioned histories, an article for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, seven articles for the Australian Dictionary of Biography, as well as papers and reviews, mostly for the Victorian Historical Journal. She is a founding member of the Professional Historians Association (Victoria) and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria, having served as RHSV councillor for twenty years and as president from 1999 to 2005.

Ulo Pukk

Ulo Pukk graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science from Swinburne University of Technology majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics, and works in Information Technology.

Ulo and his twin sister Kornelia Freeman are the authors and photographers for Melbourne Books’ Portraits of Victoria series, which to date includes: The Dandenong RangesParks & Gardens of MelbourneLaneways of MelbourneMelbourne 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.  

Stephen Rado

Steve is the king of the outdoor castle, six-time Antarctic expeditioner and foreign aid worker trained in outdoor pursuits with a lifetime of camping experience.  When Steve met his soon-to-be wife, Angela – a 'city girl' and queen bee of creature comforts – he needed to modify his ways to cater for her comfort. Together they developed a new way of camping fit for the most discerning travellers: Camping in Style.

Peter Ralph

Peter Ralph spent his early business life as a chartered accountant, specialising in corporate recoveries and reconstructions. In the mid-1980s he became CEO of a mid-sized private company which was successfully floated as a public company in 1994. Subsequently Peter became a share and derivatives trader and continues in that field today. In addition to the financial markets and writing, he has a keen interest in squash, tennis, golf and snow skiing. The breadth and duration of his business career has provided him with a background and insights well-suited for writing suspense based business novels. Peter now spends much of his time writing and the breadth of his business career has provided him with a background and insights well suited to writing suspenseful business and topical novels. He is the author of Collins Street WhoresDirty Fracking Business, The CEO and co-authored Pass the Sugar with Joe Hachem.