Authors discuss the unorthodox and unusual research methods they’ve undertaken for their art. ABC Radio Sydney’s James Valentine talks to former policeman and private investigator Duncan McNab (Getting Away With Murder); Norman Ohler, whose bestselling Blitzed reveals the drug use of the Third Reich; and John Zubrzycki (The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician, Spy), who has had a long association with India as a Hindi student, diplomat, foreign correspondent and tour guide. 

Please note: Fiona McIntosh will no longer be appearing at this event. 

John Zubrzycki (Australian)

John ZubrzyckiÕs latest book The Mysterious Mr Jacob: Diamond Merchant, Magician and Spy tells the extraordinary story of one of the most enigmatic figures of the Raj. For the past two years John has been researching the history of Indian stage magic as part of a doctoral thesis at the University of NSW. A former deputy foreign editor at The Australian, he has worked in India as a correspondent, diplomat, consultant and tour guide. His first book was The Last Nizam: An Indian Prince in the Australian Outback.

James Valentine (Australian)

James Valentine

James Valentine has presented Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney for twenty years. At some point he's done something for all major media outlets. He's written a children's book series, JumpMan. He began life as a musician working for major Australian bands and performers such as Models, Jo Camilleri and Wendy Matthews.