Roland Perry began his writing career as a journalist on The Age Melbourne from 1969 to 1973. After five years in England making documentary films, he had his first book, a novel---Program for a Puppet---published in 1979 by W.H. Allen and Hamlyn Books. It was a best-seller that was translated into eight languages. It allowed Perry to work full-time as an author. He has published twenty three books, several of them international best-sellers, and in a variety of genres from biography and politics to espionage and the military, sport and fiction. The Australian Light Horse---about Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse’s achievements under General Chauvel in the Middle East in WW1 was published last year. It was number one on the bestseller lists in the categories ‘History’ and ‘Military’ for eight months. In August this year Perry published The Changi Brownlow concerning POWs at Changi and on the Burma-Thai railway in WW2.
Perry has written biographies on General Sir John Monash, (Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War), US KGB agent, Michael Whitney Straight (Last of the Cold War Spies), communist journalist Wilfred Burchett (The Exile), British espionage agent Victor Rothschild (The Fifth Man), and for relief, actor Mel Gibson. Perry’s political books include Hidden Power---the Programming of the President, about the election and Presidency of Ronald Reagan.
Perry’s other two novels are Blood is a Stranger and Faces in the Rain, which both were widely acclaimed. He has written books on sport, mainly cricket. They include the definitive work on Sir Donald Bradman, The Don; Miller’s Luck (a biography of all-rounder, Keith Miller---adjudged the ‘Cricket Biography of the Year ’ by the UK Cricket Society); and Bradman’s Invincibles.
Roland Perry has written and produced the occasional documentary since his work in that industry in the 1970s. The topics, again, are varied. In 1985, he wrote (and directed part of) the ABC TV series Strike Swiftly on Australia’s reservist military force. A recent production was The Tracking of a Galleon’s Ghost, about an Australian syndicate’s effort to raise the treasure from a Spanish Galleon sunk off Guam’s coast in 1691.
Perry has an Economics degree from Monash University (1972). He won the Frederick Blackham Exhibition Prize in Journalism at Melbourne University (1969). His Monash biography won the prestigious 2004 Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Award for non-fiction. Roland Perry is a member of the National Archives of Australia’s Advisory Council; a member of the General Sir John Monash Foundation; a director of The Spirit of Australia Foundation, and a coterie member of the Murrumbeena Football Club.