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Michael Robotham

Author, Corporate, Speaking Out

Michael Robotham began his career an investigative journalist in Australia and the UK before becoming a ghostwriter, collaborating with the likes of Rolf Harris, Lulu, Geri Halliwell and Tony Bullimore to produce a dozen best-selling autobiographies. His psychological thrillers have been translated into 22 languages and have twice won the Ned Kelly award for best Australian Crime Fiction.

Michael has very limited availability, but we are always happy to look into any enquiry.

Where were you born?

I had a storybook childhood, growing up in small country towns, some with more dogs than people and more flies than dogs. I was born in Casino on the NSW north coast and spent my primary school years living in Gundagai where my father taught at the local high school.

What other jobs have you had?

I became a cadet journalist at 17, joining the old The Sun, an afternoon newspaper in Sydney. For the next 14 years I reported on conflict, crime, heartbreak and tragedy around the world, spending eight years as senior feature writer for The Mail on Sunday in Britain. Later, I became a ghostwriter, collaborating with actors, soldiers, politicians, adventurers and pop stars, to help write their autobiographies.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I am fascinated by the psychology of crime.

When a well-spoken, university graduate in urban preservation flies a passenger plane into a skyscraper killing thousands of people; or when a student barely out of his teens sprays a university campus with bullets; or when a teenage mother gives birth in a toilet and leaves the baby in the wastepaper bin, it all comes back to some aspect of human behaviour and interaction.

Everything we think we know and understand – the good, the bad and the evil – is produced by four pounds of grey matter in our heads.

What have been the highlights of your career?

As a journalist, I reported on the discovery of the letters and diaries of Czar Nicholas, Princess Alexandra and their children, which were unearthed in the Moscow State Archives in 1991, as well as Stalin’s Hitler files, which had been hidden for more than forty years.

As a ghostwriter I wrote 12 Sunday Times bestsellers – and my name wasn’t on any of them.

Where have your works been published?

Along with my novels, my journalism has been published in The Sunday TimesTattlerThe Mail on SundayThe Sydney Morning Herald and The Independent.

Haven’t I seen you before?

I have appeared on ABC’s The Tuesday Book Club and also Network Ten’s The Circle, and I have been a guest of many many writers festival over the years.

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