Slim Dusty was one of Australia's most prolific recording artists, releasing over 100 albums since his first commercial recording in 1946, and record sales of over seven million. Slim was awarded an MBE in 1970 and an OA in 1998 and was the first Australian to have an international hit record. Until his death in 2003, he held more gold and platinum record awards than any other Australian artist.
Darryl Dymock works part-time as a senior researcher at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, and has a special interest in adult learning and educational history. Already a well-published author in his field, he gave up full-time employment to spend more time on writing narrative non-fiction, and he has also written prize-winning short stories. Darryl has four grown-up children and lives in Brisbane with his wife and his laptop. So far he has had eleven different jobs, including clerk, high school teacher, taxi driver, soldier and university lecturer, and he has lived in three Australian states, England and Papua New Guinea. His biography of Bert Hinkler was developed through the Queensland Writers Centre/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program.