22 December 2008

All about Anthony

Local author Anthony Hill has just launched his new web site: http://www.anthonyhillbooks.com/:
  • Find out about Anthony himself - although he is now a full time author, he has been a newspaper and television reporter, political journalist, antique dealer, and speech-writer for the Australian Governor-General;
  • Discover the stories behind some of his books - based on true people and events; and
  • Buy your own personally autographed book online.
Anthony has an exhibition of his books and writing memorabilia at Civic Library during December 2008 and January 2009 - why not call in and take a look.

A highlight of the display is the framed cover painting of "The Burnt
Stick" by Mark Sofilas.

Interestingly the original background is the lighter greens and blues of the paperback edition, not the deep purples and browns of the first hardcover edition. Some of Mark's black and white illustrations are also on show, together with copies of the manuscript pages and editing proofs.

There are copies of Jim Martin's heartbreaking hand-written letters to his Mother and Father from Gallipoli and reprinted in "Soldier Boy".

There is a framed photo of "Young Digger" togged up in his miniature uniforms. And there are notebooks, diaries and photographs from Anthony's research expeditions including a 10 day sail on HM Bark Endeavour for "Captain Cook's Apprentice", his coffee mug and chewed pencils. Scraps from a writers life.