Larry Writer


Larry is a Sydney-based author. His book Razor, the saga of Kate Leigh and Tilly Devine and the razor gangs of Sydney in the 1920s and ’30s, was a national bestseller, won the Ned Kelly Award for best Australian True Crime book of 2002 and was the basis of the top-rating 2011 Underbelly series, Underbelly Razor.

Razor was also named in The Sydney Morning Herald’s, The Age’s, the Courier-Mail’s and The Australian’s roundup of the best books of the year.

His other books include 2011’s Bumper, a biography of the legendary Sydney policeman Frank “Bumper” Farrell, 2014’s Dangerous Games: Australia at the 1936 Nazi Games and 2016’s Pitched Battle, a history of the anti-apartheid demonstrations that accompanied the 1971 Springbok rugby tour of Australia. >In 2006 Pleasure And Pain, his biography of rock star Chrissy Amphlett, was a popular and critical success. In 1995 Larry wrote Never Before, Never Again about growing up a child in a rugby league world and what happened to the stars of the 11-premiership-winning St George rugby league sides of the ‘50s and ‘60s after their glory days were over. A new edition was published in 2016. He also collaborated on the autobiographies of sports stars Rod Laver, Margaret Court, John Newcombe, Petero Civoniceva, Rex Mossop and undercover drug squad policeman and rugby international, Dan Crowley.

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