The Making of Martin Sparrow

Peter Cochrane In Conversation with Anna Vidot

Sunday 26 August 2018
9.30AM – 10.30AM
Ferguson Room
National Library of Australia

Delve into Australia’s rich history with this fascinating novel from historian Peter Cochrane. Ex-convict Martin Sparrow is already struggling to survive in the young colony when the Hawkesbury’s great flood of March 1806 lays waste to him and his farm. But does salvation lie on the far side of the mountains – a chance for renewal and redemption? Harrowing and entertaining, The Making of Martin Sparrow is a wonderfully evocative version of Australia’s convict times. In conversation with ABC Radio Canberra presenter, Anna Vidot.

Peter Cochrane is a widely published historian and writer based in Sydney and his best known for his book Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy, which won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for Australian History and the Age Book of the Year 2007. His first venture into fiction was the novella Governor Bligh and the Short Man. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Anna Vido is ABC Radio Canberra's Afternoons presenter. Prior to moving to local Radio, Anna was ABC Rural's national political reporter based in Parliament House, Canberra and reported on agricultural and regional issues from Hobart and Launceston in Tasmania, and Wagga Wagga in south west New South Wales, in the heart of the Murray-Darling Basin. During her time on Capital Hill she covered leadership spills, the creation of the Basin Plan, the backpacker tax debacle and the twists and turns of trade. She now focuses on everything else that makes the Capital region such a great place to live.