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December 6, 2017

Let's just say that if you've read KILLING KITCHENER, you'll be aware of the critical part that the Carley life raft plays in the novel. With that in mind, it's worth taking a brief look at this float that has saved so many lives at sea over the past century. The Carle...

December 6, 2017

There’s a series of scenes in KILLING KITCHENER where the Royal Navy cruiser HMS Hampshire hits a German mine during a mighty storm in the North Atlantic. Hundreds of boys, men and officers, including the British secretary of state for war Lord Kitchener and his offici...

November 16, 2017

“One bloody bullet gets you in the end,” he said as he coughed up a mouthful of blood and exhaled one last long breath...'

But that was only the beginning…

Steve’s new novel is here – a compelling World War One murder mystery and international thriller from the blood-soa...

May 4, 2017

My old high school in Melbourne, Marcellin College, invited me to speak at their annual Anzac Day commemoration held at Bulleen on April 24. It was a privilege, not only to be back at the school I loved, but to address the entire student body on a subject dear to my he...

April 25, 2015



The tram stop was crowded with young and old in heavy coats and umbrellas. A fine rain fell as we waited in the cold dark. Here I was back in the city of my birth to attend the early morning service a few kilometres up the wide beautiful St. Kilda Road. Quite unlike...

November 11, 2014

Rememberance Day is a day for memories and I wrote this piece for my publisher, Random House Australia, about a young sailor's chat with a defeated German skipper at the start of the First World War.


"A memorable conversation – both prophetic and touching – occurre...

November 11, 2014

One of the Gallipoli veterans whom I interviewed many years ago was Ernie Boston, a 16 year old aboard the first HMAS Sydney. Ernie had a remarkable conversation with the German captain of the destroyed SMS Emden in November 1914.


You can read the Mosman Daily stor...

November 6, 2014

A knockout review by Paul Daley


            “…an astute, complex and well-written novel that I dare to hope will set a high standard for others to follow.”


The Guardian, Thursday 6 November 2014


"For too many Australian authors the Anzac c...

November 4, 2014

Here's the way in which ABC television news covered the 100th anniversary of the departure from Albany in W.A. of the first Anzac convoy on November 1, 1914.


ABC reporter Claire Aird interviews author Mike Carlton and Craig Fotheringham, grandson of  Ernie Boston....

November 2, 2014

On the weekend commemorating the 100th anniversary of the departure of the Anzac convoy in 1914, I wrote this feature article for the Sydney Morning Herald.


The article was very well received, including this comment from the Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran, retire...

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