Your cart

Close

Total AUD

Checkout

As a child my favourite book was ... Animal Lore and Disorder by James Riddell, a picture book whose cardboard pages were split in half, allowing you to create your own animals, such as the torbit (half tortoise, half rabbit) – an early lesson in the transformative power of literature.

Before I was an author I ... sold cameras for an entrepreneur who drove a red Ferrari. I don’t know what happened to the Ferrari but the business ran off the road.  

In three words Grog is ... an intoxicating story.

The most exciting part of researching Grog was ... finding out that however familiar we might think we are with our history, there are always new ways of looking at it. 

In preparation for writing Grog I ... spent a couple of months reading the letters and journals of the First Fleeters – and wondering who taught them to spell!

Tom Gilling, author of Grog.

  • Grog - Tom Gilling

    The story of grog is the story of Australia. This is how it all began.

Related news

loading...

5 minutes with ... Michael Brissenden

He has been a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987. A two-time Walkley Award winner, this is Michael's first book.

loading...

5 minutes with ... Sophie Green

Sophie Green is an author and publisher. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names.

loading...

5 Minutes With ... Brodie Lancaster

Brodie Lancaster is a writer, editor and occasional DJ. No Way! Okay, Fine. was shortlisted for The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers 2015 and is her first book.

loading...

5 Minutes With ... Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham is the author of CLOSE YOUR EYES and the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award-winning LIFE OR DEATH. His debut Joe O'Loughlin novel, THE SUSPECT, sold more than one million copies around the world.

loading...

5 Minutes With ... Julie Randall

Julie Randall is the author of the compelling memoir PATIENT 71, which details her life-changing health crisis and desperate battle to survive.