Some 70 people have already booked in for a much anticipated author talk at Goulburn Library this month.
The library will be hosting journalist and author Mike Carlton as part of his tour for his new memoir On Air’
Carlton made headlines almost from the day he was born, with scandal being plastered across the front pages of the newspapers of his father, formerly a renowned Olympic athlete, leaving the priesthood to marry his mother.
With his father dying when he was just five years old, his family often struggled to make ends meet, but Carlton’s memoir details his life with his trademark sparkling humour.
While he didn’t inherit his father’s sporting prowess, he did possess an insatiable thirst for knowledge and at age 16, unable to afford a university education, he left school to join the ABC as a cadet journalist, beginning a stellar media career that would last five decades.
On Air is the fascinating story of one of Australia’s most controversial and outspoken voices. Carlton was a Vietnam War correspondent at age 20 and the ABC’s Jakarta bureau chief at twenty-one. Later, he turned his hand to television, joining the trail-blazing ABC TV Current affairs program, This Day Tonight.
As a political reporter for the Nine Network, he covered the downfall of the Whitlam government and the 1975 ‘dismissal’ election. Carlton was an award winning Newstalk radio star in Sydney and London; a biting satirist; and for some 20 years, a witty and penetrating newspaper columnist. In retirement, he returned to an early love of ships and the sea and wrote three best-selling books of Australian naval history.
With characteristic humour and flair, On Air tells of the feuds and the friendships, the fun and the follies, writing candidly of the extraordinary parade of characters and events Carlton has encountered in the unique life he has led.
The talk will begin at 2pm on Saturday, October 20, with copies of his new book available for sale and signing.
The session is free, but bookings are essential and can be made online at https://www.trybooking.com/XXII, in person at the Library, or by calling on (02) 4823 4435.
The talk is just one of a number of author visits in coming months. Adult programs and outreach officer Susan McIlroy said the library was also hosting Anthony Hill on November 21 to speak about his book, Captain Cook’s Apprentice and Joanna Nell on January 8 to talk about her book, Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village, a debut novel.
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