In The Hero Maker: A Biography of Paul Brickhill, award-winning historical author and biographer Stephen Dando-Collins exposes the contradictions of one of Australia’s most successful, but troubled, writers. The author of The Great Escape struggled with alcohol and writer’s block, as his success – and all that accompanied it – threatened to overwhelm him. Join military historian and biographer Stephen as he discusses the remarkable story of one of Australia’s most complex writers.

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Stephen Dando-Collins (Australian)

With his 40th book published in 2017, Stephen Dando-Collins is an award-winning author and biographer whose fiction and nonfiction titles range across Roman, Greek, British, Australian and American history, with many published in numerous languages worldwide. He has also written children's novels.