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Richard Fidler Richard Fidler i(A73931 works by)
Also writes as: DAAS
Born: Established: 1964
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1966
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Richard Fidler first came to prominence as a member of the Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS) with Paul McDermott and Tim Ferguson in the 1980s. The group was founded in 1984 and disbanded in 1994. (It later re-formed, in 2014, but without Fidler.) Beginning as buskers during their university days, the group rose to prominence in the UK after a gig at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987 and to prominence in Australia when they became regular performers on television program The Big Gig in 1989. They created their own comedy series, DAAS Kapital, on the ABC in 1991, and disbanded in 1994.

Since 2005, Fidler has been best known for the program Conversations with Richard Fidler on ABC Brisbane Radio. In that year, he moved to Brisbane to host a program on local radio station 612 ABC Brisbane. Initially, his shift included one hour styled as Conversations, but this gradually became the focus of the program, and has continued to be a highly successful radio program and frequently downloaded podcast.

In 2016, Fidler published Ghost Empire, a father-and-son travelogue that also explored the rich history of the Byzantine Empire. In 2017, he published Saga Land with Kári Gíslason, also a travelogue that delved into the history of the land being travelled.



Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2011 recipient Churchill Fellowship To investigate new forms of public radio.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Golden Maze Sydney : ABC Books , 2020 19671161 2020 single work prose travel

'Beloved ABC broadcaster and bestselling author of Ghost Empire and Saga Land, Richard Fidler is back with a personally curated history of the magical city that is Prague.

'In 1989, Richard Fidler was living in London as part of the provocative Australian comedy trio The Doug Anthony All Stars when revolution broke out across Europe. Excited by this galvanising historic, human, moment, he travelled to Prague, where a decrepit police state was being overthrown by crowds of ecstatic citizens. His experience of the Velvet Revolution never let go of him.

'Thirty years later Fidler returns to Prague to uncover the glorious and grotesque history of Europe's most instagrammed and uncanny city: a jumble of gothic towers, baroque palaces and zig-zag lanes that has survived plagues, pogroms, Nazi terror and Soviet tanks. Founded in the ninth Century, Prague gave the world the golem, the robot, and the world's biggest statue of Stalin, a behemoth that killed almost everyone who touched it.

'Fidler tells the story of the reclusive emperor who brought the world's most brilliant minds to Prague Castle to uncover the occult secrets of the universe. He explores the Black Palace, the wartime headquarters of the Nazi SS, and he meets victims of the communist secret police. Reaching back into Prague's mythic past, he finds the city's founder, the pagan priestess Libussa who prophesised: I see a city whose glory will touch the stars.

'Following the story of Prague from its origins in medieval darkness to its uncertain present, Fidler does what he does so well - curates an absolutely engaging and compelling history of a place. You will learn things you never knew, with a tour guide who is erudite, inquisitive, and the best storyteller you could have as your companion.' (Publication summary)

2021 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
2021 longlisted Indie Awards Nonfiction
y separately published work icon Saga Land Sydney : ABC Books , 2017 12035241 2017 selected work prose

'A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

'Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gíslason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages.These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown.

'Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery - a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.' (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2018 shortlisted Australian Booksellers Association Awards Booksellers Choice Award
2018 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Non Fiction Book
2018 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
2018 winner Indie Awards Nonfiction
y separately published work icon Ghost Empire Sydney South : HarperCollins Australia , 2016 9458193 2016 single work prose travel

'Ghost Empire is a rare treasure - an utterly captivating blend of the historical and the contemporary, realised by a master storyteller.

In 2014, Richard Fidler and his son Joe made a journey to Istanbul. Fired by Richard's passion for the rich history of the dazzling Byzantine Empire - centred around the legendary Consantinople - we are swept into some of the most extraordinary tales in history. The clash of civilizations, the fall of empires, the rise of Christianity, revenge, lust, murder. Turbulent stories from the past are brought vividly to life at the same time as a father navigates the unfolding changes in his relationship with his son.

'Ghost Empire is a revelation: a beautifully written ode to a lost civilization, and a warmly observed father-son adventure far from home.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Australian Booksellers Association Awards Booksellers Choice Award
2017 winner 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize
2017 shortlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
2017 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Non-Fiction Book Award
2017 finalist Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
2017 shortlisted Indie Awards Nonfiction
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