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On Air is Mike Carlton's story, no holds barred.

Mike Carlton was born to controversy. His father Jimmy, a renowned Olympic athlete and later a Catholic priest, married his mother after a whirlwind wartime courtship. This scandal was hushed up at first, but eventually it made headlines. Six years later, Jimmy Carlton died in his wife’s arms, felled by asthma.

It was a tough beginning. Mike would have a Sydney suburban childhood where every penny counted. Unable to afford a university education, he left school at sixteen to begin a life in journalism that would propel him to the top, as one of Australia’s best-known media figures. In an often turbulent career of more than fifty years he has been a war correspondent, political reporter, a TV news and current affairs reporter, an award-winning radio presenter in both Sydney and London, an outspoken newspaper columnist and a biting satirist. In later life he realised a lifelong ambition -- to write three bestselling books of Australian naval history.

On Air is his story, no holds barred. With characteristic humour and flair, Mike tells of the feuds and the friendships, the fun and the follies, writing candidly of the extraordinary parade of characters and events he has encountered in the unique life he has led.

Reviews

Rascal, rebel, rabble rouser, and a bit of a top spunk - Carlton's wit is sharp enough to shave your legs. It really should be registered at police headquarters as a lethal weapon. This hilarious, pithy, witty tale gave me a severe case of laughter-related quip-lash

Kathy Lette

Mike Carlton unpacks his crowded life: from the ABC's merry prankster in the sixties to coming of age in Vietnam to the radio star that video could never kill.

Sarah Ferguson

Mike Carlton seems to have lived several lives. Annoyingly, each one more entertaining than the last

Andrew Denton

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780857987808

    October 1, 2018

    William Heinemann Australia

    560 pages

    RRP $49.99

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  • EBook

    9780857987822

    October 1, 2018

    Random House Australia

    512 pages

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