Making of Martin Sparrow/The Ship That Never Was

Peter Cochrane + Adam Courtenay

Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland

History/War Stories



#About the event


Peter Cochrane

Peter Cochrane

Peter Cochrane is a widely published historian and novelist based in Sydney. He wrote the companion volume to the ABC TV series, Australians at War. He is best known for his book Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy, which won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and the Age Book of the Year award. 

His second novel was published this year: The Making of Martin Sparrow (Penguin/Viking).

He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Adam Courtenay

Adam Courtenay

Adam Courtenay is a Sydney-based writer and journalist who has had a long career in the UK and Australia, writing for papers such as the Financial Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review and the UK Sunday Times.

He is the son of Australia’s best-loved storyteller Bryce Courtenay. He is the author of two previous books, Blood Rubber and Amazon Men.


Anna Johnston

Anna Johnston is an ARC Future Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at The University of Queensland, and Associate Professor in English Literature in the School of Communication and Arts.

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