Steve Sailah, former ABC foreign correspondent and two time Walkley Award winner for excellence in journalism, will be discussing his debut novel, A Fatal Tide at Hurstville Library.
It is the story of Thomas Clare and his best friend Snow who find themselves on the blood soaked battlefields of Gallipoli in an attempt to track down his father’s murderer. This powerful tale of murder and mystery will appeal to both fiction readers and history enthusiasts. 2014 is the centenary year of Australia’s participation in World War 1 and Steve’s continuing interest in trying to understand what it was really like for young men to leave home to become a part of The Great War provides a fascinating insight into his writing.
During his twenty-six year career with the ABC Steve befriended several of the last Gallipoli veterans when he accompanied them to the battlefields on the 75th anniversary of the first ANZAC landing. His interviews with six of them were released as an audio documentary, Stories from Gallipoli.