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Jesse Fink was born in London, England, in 1973 and raised and educated in Sydney, Australia, by his Australian parents.
Fink worked for five years as a senior editor of non-fiction for HarperCollins Publishers Australia, being responsible for a number of bestselling or award-winning books such as John Curtin: A Life by David Day, The Carpet Wars by Christopher Kremmer, The World From Italy by George Negus and Frank Lowy: Pushing The Limits by Jill Margo, and then branched out into print journalism.
As deputy editor of Inside Sport magazine, Australia’s version of Sports Illustrated, he was nominated for Coverage of Sport (All Media) in the country’s most prestigious journalism prize, the Walkley Awards. In addition, Fink won or was commended for several Australian Sports Commission Media Awards and had his feature writing collected in two anthologies, The Best Australian Sports Writing 2004 (Garrie Hutchinson, Black Inc. Books, 2004) and This Sporting Year (Garrie Hutchinson, Hardie Grant Books, 2006).
In 2007 Fink wrote his first book, 15 Days in June: How Australia Became a Football Nation, and took his “Half-Time Orange” football (soccer) column from Fox Sports Australia to the SBS TV network.
During that period he also produced columns for The Roar, SBS Sport and Tribal Football in Australia, ESPN STAR Sports in Singapore, Sportingbet in the United Kingdom, Asia Times Online in Thailand, Sunday Guardian in India, Al Jazeera in Qatar and other outlets. Between 2011 and 2013 he contributed a widely read weekly sports column to Fox Sports Asia and broke the Worawi Makudi Nong Chok land-ownership story, which was covered by the BBC and The Wall Street Journal and resulted in a FIFA ethics committee investigation in Zurich.
In 2012 Fink released his second book, an acclaimed memoir titled Laid Bare.
His third book, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, was published in November 2013 by Penguin Random House Australia and broke a story that had been untold for nearly 40 years: that the band had come close to sacking Bon Scott. The story was picked up by media outlets around the world. AC/DC bassist Mark Evans hailed The Youngs as “the best book I’ve ever read about AC/DC”.
The Youngs was published by St Martin’s Press in USA/Canada in August 2014 and in its first week went to #1 in the rock and heavy metal bestseller categories on Amazon. It also topped bestseller lists in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany. The Youngs has been published in ten countries outside Australia and translated into Danish, Italian, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Serbian and Czech.
Fink is working on a new music biography for Penguin Random House, to be published in 2017.