Dont just sit there looking at the screen, do something useful! Buy this book by Tony Thomas. You will not regret it and besides you can see he could use a decent feed!
Tony Thomas stimulates, amuses, engages and – a rarity among writers, this – surprises. Here he introduces the reader to a fascinating cast of colourful characters and exposes crazy but sometimes scary agendas. Read, relish, and on occasion recoil from the worlds on which he lifts a curtain. Rowan Callick, Industry Fellow at Griffith University’s Asia Institute.
This is the third collection of Tony Thomas’s best work. It ranges from zany travels in the PNG Highlands to a reporter’s career highlights and lowlights since he first opened a shorthand notebook in 1958.
With his solid knowledge of the global warming controversies, he mocks the absurdities in essays like “Eaten by a tiger? Blame climate change” and “Green lunacy at the Parkville Asylum” i.e. Melbourne University.
You’ll love his affectionate spoofing of air hero Biggles, Germaine Greer and an unlikely Rotarian, Richard Sorge, who was Stalin’s spy in Tokyo. Tony also lays bare a catastrophic Perth dinner party pitting drug-fuelled author Xavier Herbert against future Governor-General Paul Hasluck and author Mary Durack.
His long-researched pieces involve the disastrous 15 months in office of an alcoholic vice-regal couple at WA’s Government House, and Prime Minister Menzies’ support for economy-wide price-fixing cartels (Tony was personally involved in both sagas).
Here it is.
AND THERE IS MORE! A gala book launch on the evening of March 10 in Melbourne, Athens of the south. Come and hear:
Roger Franklin, editor of Quadrant Online, with 40 years in journalism including 26 years in New York and Washington. He’s a poor old journalist too, buy him a drink!
Dr Tom Quirk, nuclear physicist and Fellow of three Oxford Colleges, and other past appointments at Harvard Business School, Rio Tinto and with Jim Wolfensohn (World Bank head 1995-2005).
Ros Thomas, former ABCTV Current Affairs reporter, author and former long-time weekly columnist with The West Australian.