24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Ian McPhedran

Ian McPhedran is the former Sydney based national defence writer for News Corp Australia. He has been a journalist all his working life and has covered conflicts in Burma, Somalia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 1993 he won a United Nations Association Peace Media Award and in 1999 the Walkley Award for best news report for his expose of the navy's Collins class submarine fiasco. His first book, The Amazing SAS: the inside story of Australia's special forces, is a national best seller. Ian lives in Balmain with his wife Verona Burgess. His latest book The Smack Track is out now.

 

Canberra Writers Festival events

Ian McPhedran in conversation

Ian McPhedran’s The Smack Track regales readers with the high-energy exploits and explosive adventures of the Royal Australian Navy in the Arabian Gulf, from battling pirates to tracking down gun runners, drug smugglers and terrorists.

Friday 25th August 2017, 2:30pm. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75

 

The Salt and the Scribe

Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett in conversation with Ian McPhedran: For more than twenty years, Australian sailors have been risking their lives, conducting often fraught and dangerous operations in war and in the battle against terrorism.

Saturday 26th August 2017, 9:00am. Members Dining Room 2, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75 

 

About the book

From battling pirates to tracking down gun runners, drug smugglers and terrorists; the high energy exploits and explosive adventures of the Australian Navy in the Arabian Gulf.

From Ian McPhedran, best-selling author of The Amazing SAS, Soldiers Without Borders and Too Bold to Die, comes the untold and largely unknown story of how the Royal Australian Navy battles pirates, gun runners and drug smugglers in the seas of the Arabian Gulf and the Horn of Africa along the infamous route known as the 'smack track'. For more than twenty years, Australian sailors have been risking their lives, conducting often fraught and dangerous operations in war and in the battle against terrorism. From braving rough seas to boarding rickety dhows or clambering up the sheer steel sides of modern day supertankers looking for contraband, The Smack Track tells a thrilling, eye-witness story of grit, courage, ingenuity and sacrifice.

The Smack Track is published by HarperCollins Publishing.

Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.

 

More reading

News Corp's national defence writer Ian McPhedran retires from journalism, Influencing, January 2016.

Ian McPhedran's Too Bold to Die, Radio National, August 2013. [audio]

Swedish government claims Australia is spreading lies about submarines, News.com.au, March 2015.

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