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Graham Fricke has practised and taught law and for a dozen years presided over criminal and civil trials in the County Court of Victoria. During that period, he published three textbooks and numerous articles in law reviews.
During his period on the bench, Fricke obtained a diploma of criminology and wrote three lighter works, Libels, Lampoons and Litigants (1984) Judges of the High Court of Australia (1986) and Profiles of Power (1990). His Tales from the Courts was published by Lothian in 1999, at a time when he was Visiting Professor at Deakin University. In 2007, his Ned’s Nemesis was published, while his latest book, Assassins Chasing Glory, was published in 2008.
Fricke grew up in Melbourne, but has spent a couple of years in the United States (where he obtained his Master of Laws – at the University of Pennsylvania), eighteen months in Hobart (teaching), six months in Brisbane (teaching) and six months at ANU (as a Visiting Fellow). He recently undertook a tour of Australia in a campervan.
Fricke has participated in numerous interviews on radio and television, especially in relation to the Profiles of Power book (about Australian Prime Ministers). He is married to Toni Ladanyi and has five children, two step-children and nine grandchildren.