Meet Our Authors

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. 

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.