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Come along to Mount Gambier Library to hear iconic media personality Mike Carlton talk about his new memoir, On Air, courtesy of Mount Gambier Library and Penguin Random House.

His father was a renowned Olympic athlete who, to the dismay of a nation, abandoned a promising athletic career to become a Catholic priest. His Protestant mother, engaged to a US navy soldier in World War II, went to see a priest about converting to Catholicism. It was love at first sight for Enid and Father James Carlton, who, despite immense pressure from the church, wed months after meeting. When Enid was pregnant with Mike in Melbourne, she heard rumours that the staff at the Catholic hospital they had chosen for the birth would 'never let a priest's baby live'... After the death of Jim, Enid would stuggle to make ends meet in a family where every penny counted. Unable to afford a university education, Mike left school at sixteen to join the ABC as a cadet journalist, beginning a stellar media career that would last five decades.

On Air is the fascinating story of one of Australia's most controversial and outspoken voices. Mike was a Vietnam war corrspondent at the age of twenty and the ABC's Jakarta bureau chief at twenty-one. Later, he turned his hand to television. As a political reporter for the Nine Network, he covered the downfall of the Whitlam government and the 1975 'dismissal' election. Mike was an award winning Newstalk radio star in Sydney and London; a biting satirist; and for some 20 years, a witty and penetrating newspaper columnist. In retirement, he turned to an early love of ships and the sea and wrote three best-selling books of Australian naval history. With characteristic humour and flair, On Air tells of the feuds and the friendships, the fun and the follies, writing candidly of the extraordinary parade of characters and events Mike Carlton has encountered in the unique life he has led.


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Tickets are $6, and include refreshments. Book online, or through Mount Gambier Library.


08 8721 2540

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