The Hero Maker: A Biography of Paul Brickhill
The Dam Busters, The Great Escape and Reach for the Sky were all written by Paul Brickhill, an Australian hero of WWII. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth and the 25th anniversary of his death. In 1953, Paul Brickhill was the highest-earning author in Britain, with books including The Dam Busters, The Great Escape, and Reach for the Sky u the story of legless fighter pilot Douglas Bader. All became hugely successful movies. Only years later would Brickhill recognise his formula for success: in dour postwar times we all needed heroes. Today, Brickhill's legacy endures: his war books continue to sell, the BBC has announced plans to make a miniseries of The Great Escape and Lord of the Rings producer Peter Jackson plans a remake of The Dam Busters. Stephen Dando-Collins, award-winning Australian military historian, novelist and biographer has written the first biography of Paul Brickhill, a man who lived a big and exciting life and died a quiet and lonely man in Sydney in 1991 aged 74.
Stephen Dando-Collins is the author of the acclaimed Captain Bligh's Other Mutiny. Pasteur's Gambit was shortlisted for the science prize in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and won the Queensland Premier's Science Award. Crack Hardy, his most personal history, received wide acclaim. Mistaken Identity tells another episode of previously undiscovered Australian history. Sir Henry Parkes: The Australian Colossus is a biography of Australia's Father of Federation. He also writes about American and ancient Greek history, and his series about the legions of ancient Rome has found considerable success in the US, UK and Australia and been translated into numerous foreign languages. Stephen has also written several books for children and young adults including the Caesar the War Dog series, Tank Boys and Chance in a Million. Stephen and his wife, Louise, live and write in a former nunnery in Tasmania's Tamar Valley.