Meet Our Authors

Joe Vargetto


With a passion for cooking and an apprenticeship at Melbourne’s famed Florentino under his belt, Joe Vargetto travelled to Italy to work under one of the founders of modern Italian cuisine, Gualtiero Marchesi. Returning to Melbourne, he cooked with leading chefs, Jacques Reymond, Philippe Mouchel and Jeremy Strode at Langton’s and won the Bocuse D’Or competition in Australia. Joe opened Mister Bianco, his modern Sicilian restaurant in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs in 2010, and then Massi in the CBD in 2016. His cookbook Siciliano was published in 2020.

Maxwell N. Waugh


Dr Max Waugh is a former Victorian Government in the Education Faculty at Monash University in primary school teacher, school principal, and later Melbourne. As a teenager, Max was a cadet in the lecturer in the History of Education at Deakin and Air Training Corps, North Melbourne Squadron, and Monash Universities. Currently retired, he has an completed his National Service training at the RAAF and is author of Soldier Boys and An Ungodly Generation.

Emma White


Emma White grew up in country Victoria and after completing a BA in Classics at Melbourne University travelled to Canada where she spent several years teaching snowboarding and working in ski fields in North America and New Zealand. After Kev’s accident and their trip to Australia, she returned to university in Calgary and completed a BSc in Environmental Geology. She worked as a hydrogeologist for a few years at an engineering consulting company where she got to drive ice roads and drill wells in between writing hydraulic assessments. She is currently completing a PhD in Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne which she commenced after moving back to Australia with Kev. They now live in Melbourne with twins.

She is the author of Broken.

Amy Zurrer


Amy Zurrer is the historian for the World Trade Centre. She completed two Bachelor's degrees and a Master's degree in Canada, before moving to Australia in 2008 to commence further postgraduate study at the University of Melbourne. After being recommended by the university, she was taken on as a full-time historian by Asset1 WTC. Her work focuses on the World Trade Centre, the Yarra River, Wharves of the World and early history of Melbourne, and she has assisted greatly in supporting the neighbouring Mission to Seafarers Centre and its role within the community.