Melbourne born Desmond O'Grady has had over a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction published in America and Australia and has written seven plays for stage and radio. His work ranges from short stories to histories and has been translated into several languages.
His most recent book is Dinny Going Down, a novel about a Sydney journalist, which has been called 'the funniest novel on journalism since Evelyn Waugh's Scoop'. He is the only Australian author who has played tennis with Rod Laver, cricket at Lords and made a film with Claudi Cardinale.
His curiosity about cultures and passion for travel sees him writing from Rome for the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He has also contributed to publications such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, the London Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the Sunday Times and the Guardian. He was also the Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter during the Vatican Council.