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.
'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?'
'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.)
'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)