As an author, journalist and photographer, academic and reviewer, I've spent my life largely in the creative sphere, helped by great mentors, and I've used that experience to help others with their creativity. Albert Camus said, 'We are all special cases', and that's my outlook: we're all equal, but unique in our ways. Like most writers I'm intrigued by human behavior. The great Hollywood film director Billy Wilder noted his classic movie scripts ('Ace in the Hole', 'Double Indemnity', 'Sunset Boulevard') were based on a profoundly simple question: 'What makes people do the things they do?'

We spend our lives trying to figure that out. 

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To colleagues and friends I'm Tony Maniaty.

I also use my full name Anthony Emanuel Maniaty in some creative endeavors. I'm based in Sydney and, after living and working in Australia, the United States, Britain, France, Greece and Denmark, and traveling through more than thirty countries, my outlook is decidedly global. My father was a Greek refugee from Asia Minor and a migrant to Australia, my mother's ancestry was Anglo-Saxon, and my sons have Latvian and Irish blood as well. My partner Galina Lazareva is an award-winning Russian poet and translator.

Cultural diversity - and sharing ideas, knowledge and experiences with others - is what makes life worth living. 

I've published four books, with Penguin. (Seeing my first novel with the Penguin logo was a special moment.) The themes of my work arise largely from my experience (what's the point of having a life if you're not going to write about it?) and my time as a correspondent: exploring the impacts of war and upheaval, displacement and migration. I'm currently working on a cycle of novels about refugees. My blog explores these topics as well as the cultural spaces I enjoy: cinema, journalism, history and biography, photography, architecture and design, travel, music and - naturally - writing and literature, in all its wonderful forms. 

Awards I've won over the years include the Martin Bequest for Literature, the New South Wales Premier's Writers Award, Senior Fellowships from the Australia Council for the Arts, and the National Short Story of the Year Award. The best thing about awards, apart from any monies involved, is the publicity they generate for literature generally. (And right now, the world badly needs its literatures.) Along the way I've also managed to complete a PhD. My thesis on the written memoirs and psychology of war correspondents was awarded the Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Commendation for Excellence.


Fresh out of high school, I began a journalism cadetship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. I spent much of my earlier life juggling broadcasting roles - Diplomatic Correspondent for Radio Australia, news with BBC World Service, European Correspondent for SBS TV's 'Dateline', Executive Producer of ABC TV's '7.30 Report' - with writing and publishing fiction and non-fiction. In 2006 I began university lecturing; my most recent academic role was Associate Professor of Creative Practice at the University of Technology Sydney. My passion for photography appears on my Instagram site, my news and views are on Facebook and Twitter. I'm available worldwide for literary festivals and conferences, moderating panels, interviews and guest lectures. Please use the CONTACT page for messages and media requests. I enjoy hearing from readers and writers, and colleagues in publishing, media, film and academia. 

To discuss rights to my books, contact Penguin Books:

Some of my media appearances are listed below. Just click on the red buttons. 


'Balibo movie brings back memories for journo who escaped', Adam Gartrell, The Age, 5 June 2009.

'Ghosts of Balibo', Tom Hyland, The Age, 31 May 2009.


Conversations with Richard Fidler, ABC Radio, 4 June 2009. 

Late Night Live with Phillip Adams, ABC Radio National, 28 May 2009.

Arts Broadcasting, The Media Report, ABC Radio National, 27 November 2003.


Big Ideas, ABC Television, 7 August 2009.