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Ross Fitzgerald Ross Fitzgerald i(A27045 works by)
Born: Established: 1944 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Ross Fitzgerald was educated at Melbourne High School and Monash University and holds an MA from Case Western Reserve University and a doctorate from the University of New South Wales. Fitzgerald is well known as a writer, broadcaster, historian and political commentator and has held positions as Professor of History and Politics at Griffith University and Chair of the Centenary of Federation Queensland (until March 2002).

Apart from his satirical novels and collections and compilations of short fiction, Fitzgerald has published extensively in the fields of biography, history and political analysis; a life-long supporter of the Collingwood Football Club, he also wrote The Footy Club, a best-selling book on the politics of Australian Rules Football and co-edited The Greatest Game: Writings on Australian Football.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2014 recipient Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For significant service to education in the field of politics and history as an academic, and to community and public health organisations.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Going Out Backwards Ormond : Hybrid , 2015 8850206 2015 selected work short story

'Bumbling Mangoland academic, Professor Dr Grafton Everest, has been elected to the Australian Senate, without really knowing why, and due to the influx of weird Independents, finds himself holding the balance of power. Despite this, his personal life is a train wreck. A prostatectomy has left him impotent, his daughter is staging a theatrical event with an outlaw motorcycle gang and he suspects his wife is planning to have him put to sleep. On top of it all, Australia is facing natural disaster from Tectonic Change. Can Grafton save his family, his country and himself?'

Source: Publication summary.

2017 shortlisted Russell Prize for Humour Writing
y separately published work icon Alan the Red Fox Reid : Pressman Par Excellence Sydney : NewSouth Publishing , 2010 Z1694626 2010 single work biography

'Arguably Australia's most influential political journalist, Alan 'The Red Fox' Reid covered Australian politics from the 1930s to the 1980s. During his career he was both a chronicler of, and player in, Australian politics.

'In this book Ross Fitzgerald and Stephen Holt take us into a Machiavellian behind-the-scenes world of recurrent plots, crises and leadership challenges, and show how it was possible for a skilled journalist to help shape both public perceptions and actual outcomes of political power plays.' (From the publisher's website.)

2011 shortlisted National Biography Award
y separately published work icon Soaring Pymble : Angus and Robertson , 1994 Z551270 1994 single work novel

'This extraordinary novel moves between Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia, and Ireland, with its cast of flamboyant misfits playing out the eternal search for love and passion. Rodney (hang-glider and merchant of erotica); Rebekah (19 year old Alcoholics Anonymous member, father unknown) ; and Michael (maverick motorcycling priest) are the three voices which speak powerfully, nakedly to us in Soaring. ' (Publication summary)

1994 winner Eros Foundation Book of the Year Award
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