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Images from my 2015 tour of country NSW & Victoria
including a number of talks at public libraries ....
- Bairnsdale Advertiser, 27 April 2015
Random House Australia, Media Release, July 2014
"A compelling, fast-paced novel by Steve Sailah, A Fatal Tide brings a murder mystery into the trenches of WWI Gallipoli.
After an impressive twenty-six year career with the ABC as foreign correspondent and executive producer of The World Today, A Fatal Tide is Steve Sailah’s debut novel. Having been a friend to several Gallipoli veterans, he returned to the battlefields with a number of them on the 75th anniversary of the first ANZAC landing, and released the ABC documentary Stories from Gallipoli. Steve continues to show what it was really like for young Australians to leave home to become a part of WWI."
Mosman Daily, August 2014
Interview with Steve Sailah, "An Anventure in Words"
How does your work differ from others in its genre?
My work combines crime, mystery and war. I link my fictional plots to the actual movements of a particular Australian Light Horse unit during the Great War.
Why do you write what you do?
I write what I like to read, and I mostly enjoy historical fiction. I had a particular connection with the Anzacs of Gallipoli, having interviewed some of them for the ABC in 1980 and returned to the battlefield with the aging veterans in 1990. Fiction allows me to imagine the emotions, experiences and dilemmas of young men who fought that war in a way that is relevant to today’s reader.
What is your writing process?
I get my usual distractions out of the way first – reading the newspaper, listening to morning radio, household chores, going to the gym, etc. — before meditating for half an hour on the day ahead. Then I sit down to the laptop and write or research for five or six hours.
What are you currently working on?
A sequel, part romance-part thriller, that moves the surviving characters of A Fatal Tide from the evacuation of Gallipoli to investigating a murder in Egypt during the ongoing war with the Ottoman Empire.
Something you may not know about me?
I enjoy motorcycling and being dragged along by my border collie Felix.
See the full interview here...
Farewell ABC: The World Today, 2nd December 2005
"The World Today says farewell to producer Steve Sailah, Friday, 2 December, 2005
Reporter: Ben Drew
ELEANOR HALL: Finally today to a sad moment for The World Today and indeed for the whole of the ABC, as we say goodbye to our Executive Producer, Steve Sailah, who after an award studded journalistic career spanning more than three decades is leaving the ABC.Steve has been at the helm of The World Today for the last five years - an extraordinary time of turmoil in the world from the 9/11 attacks to the Bali bombings, the Iraq War, kidnappings, drug trials, and numerous and often dramatic changes of government."