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Gideon Haigh Gideon Haigh i(A30887 works by) (birth name: Gideon Clifford Jeffrey Davidson Haigh)
Born: Established: 1965 London,
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,
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Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1970
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1 5 y separately published work icon A Scandal in Bohemia : The Life and Death of Mollie Dean Gideon Haigh , Melbourne : Penguin , 2018 13513704 2018 single work biography

'As enigmatic in life as in death, Mollie Dean was a woman determined to transcend. Creatively ambitious and sexually precocious, at twenty-five she was a poet, aspiring novelist and muse on the peripheries of Melbourne’s bohemian salons – until one night in 1930 she was brutally slain by an unknown killer in a laneway while walking home.

'Her family was implicated. Those in her circle, including her acclaimed artist lover Colin Colahan, were shamed. Her memory was anxiously suppressed. Yet the mystery of her death rendered more mysterious her life and Mollie’s story lingered, incorporated into memoir, literature, television, theatre and song, most notably in George Johnston’s classic My Brother Jack.

'In A Scandal in Bohemia, Gideon Haigh explodes the true crime genre with a murder story about life as well as death. Armed with only a single photograph and echoes of Mollie’s voice, he has reassembled the precarious life of a talented woman without a room of her own – a true outsider, excluded by the very world that celebrated her in its art. In this work of restorative justice, Mollie Dean emerges as a tenacious, charismatic, independent woman for whom society had no place, and whom everybody tried to forget – but nobody could.'  (Publication summary)

1 Road to Recovery Gideon Haigh , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 27-28 August 2016; (p. 3)
'Poet Fiona Wright suffers from an eating disorder that, while it has been debilitating physically, has provided inspiration for her work, writes Gideon Haigh.'
1 Rebirth of History Gideon Haigh , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30-31 July 2016; (p. 16)

— Review of These Walls Speak Volumes : A History of Mechanics' Institutes in Victoria Pam Baragwanath , Ken James , 2015 single work criticism
'Established as community hubs and places of learning more than 100 years ago, mechanics’ institutes are undergoing a revival, writes Gideon Haigh.'
1 The History Boy Gideon Haigh , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 16 July 2016; (p. 8)
'It was a hit almost before the public had read a word, remembers Brian Stonier. One evening in early 1966, Stonier, a ­founder of the new paperback imprint Sun Books, had the task of introducing ­historian Geoffrey Blainey to an audience in the library at Geelong College. He mentioned Blainey’s seven previous works and publicised his next: “We’re hoping later this year to publish a new book, which we’re thinking of calling The Tyranny of Distance.” The 60 schoolchildren burst into applause, spontaneously and portentously — the book approaches its half-century as perhaps Australian history’s biggest bestseller, having never been out of print, with about 180,000 copies sold. ...'
1 2 y separately published work icon Stroke of Genius Gideon Haigh , Melbourne : Penguin , 2016 9481587 2016 single work biography

'Victor Trumper (1877-1915) was our first internationally recognised cricketing genius, acclaimed by the legendary W.G Grace and others, who died at 36 in 1915. He has entered Australian sporting folklore and is still one of the great names in sport, with a stand named after him at the SCG. Trumper is a figure that has long held intrigue for Australia's favourite cricket writer, Gideon Haigh. In Trumper, he takes the phenomenon and specific focus of Trumper and particularly a famous, groundbreaking photograph of him by Englishman George Beldham preparing to drive to ask a much larger set of questions. Haigh argues Trumper changed the way cricket was perceived and played in a way that reflects on Australia's relationship with England, the start of the 20th century (photography, marketing, professionalism) and eternal themes of sport and beauty. In the spirit of Simon Wincester, he explores the relationship between Trumper, the photograph, the game, the country and its people.'

1 The Researcher's Treasure, Trove, Is Under Threat Gideon Haigh , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 11 March 2016; (p. 12)
1 See How They Run : Sports Governance in Australia Gideon Haigh , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , July no. 53 2016; (p. 11-25)

In David Williamson's 1977 play The Club, the action takes place in a single room, through which traipse combinations of club president, committeeman, general manager, coach, captain and star recruit, conniving and conspiring. Big money and commercial pragmatism threaten to uproot personal loyalties and ancient ways. ‘I want to turn all those photographs around so they don’t have to look down on this shameful scene,’ says one character, who, it turns out, protests too much.' (Introduction)

1 y separately published work icon Certain Admissions : A Beach, A Body And A Lifetime Of Secrets Gideon Haigh , Australia : Penguin , 2015 9745069 2015 single work biography crime

'On a warm evening in December 1949, two young people met by chance under the clocks at Flinders Street railway station. They decided to have a night on the town. The next morning, one of them, twenty-year-old typist Beth Williams, was found dead on Albert Park Beach. When police arrested the other, Australia was transfixed: twenty-four-year-old John Bryan Kerr was a son of the establishment, a suave and handsome commercial radio star educated at Scotch College, and Harold Holt's next-door neighbour in Toorak.

'Police said he had confessed. Kerr denied it steadfastly. There were three dramatic trials attended by enormous crowds, a relentless public campaign proclaiming his innocence involving the first editorials against capital punishment in Australia. For more than a decade Kerr was a Pentridge celebrity, a poster boy for rehabilitation – a fame that burdened him the rest of his life. Then, shortly after his death, another man confessed to having murdered Williams. But could he be believed?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 The Struggle for Answers When an Innings Is Cut Short Gideon Haigh , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 November 2015; (p. 16-17)

— Review of Chasing Shadows : The Life & Death of Peter Roebuck Tim Lane , Elliot Cartledge , 2015 single work biography
1 Introduction Gideon Haigh , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Moral Hazard 2015;
1 Farewell Cricket’s Philosopher King Gideon Haigh , 2015 single work obituary (for Richie Benaud )
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 April 2015; (p. 41)
1 Benaud Forged Quiet Brand of Authority Gideon Haigh , 2015 single work obituary (for Richie Benaud )
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 April 2015; (p. 8)
1 McGilvray, Alan David (1909–96) Gideon Haigh , 2014 single work companion entry
— Appears in: A Companion to the Australian Media : M 2014; (p. 256-257)
1 Skase, Christopher Charles (1948-2001) Gideon Haigh , 2014 single work companion entry
— Appears in: A Companion to the Australian Media : S 2014; (p. 427-428)
1 World Series Cricket Gideon Haigh , 2014 single work companion entry
— Appears in: A Companion to the Australian Media : W 2014; (p. 502)
1 Gottliebsen, Robert (1941-) Gideon Haigh , 2014 single work companion entry
— Appears in: A Companion to the Australian Media : G 2014; (p. 194-195)
1 Books of the Year Stephen Romei , Graeme Blundell , James Bradley , Geraldine Brooks , Gabrielle Carey , Peter Carey , Stella Clarke , Miriam Cosic , Peter Craven , Tegan Bennett Daylight , Michelle De Kretser , Delia Falconer , Tim Flannery , David Free , Peter Goldsworthy , Andy Griffiths , Gideon Haigh , Helen Garner , Sonya Hartnett , Ashley Hay , Evelyn Juers , Thomas Keneally , Richard King , Ramona Koval , David Malouf , Alex Miller , Louis Nowra , Peter Pierce , Felicity Plunkett , Nicolas Rothwell , Jaya Savige , Kirsten Tranter , Geordie Williamson , Tim Winton , Ed Wright , Fiona Wright , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 December 2013; (p. 14-18)
1 The Making and Breaking of Ponting Gideon Haigh , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 December 2013; (p. 24-25)

— Review of At the Close of Play Ricky Ponting , 2013 single work autobiography
1 The Garrulous Listener Gideon Haigh , 2012 single work essay
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2012 2012; (p. 216-226)
1 The Art of Warne Gideon Haigh , 2012 extract biography (On Warne)
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 20-21 October 2012; (p. 26-28, 30)
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