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Difficult circumstances in the wake of his father’s death caused Michael Tatlow to leave school aged fifteen in his native Tasmania, Australia. He earned a living trapping rabbits, snaring kangaroos, and fishing for shark in the Southern Ocean. He was also the state’s surf swimming champion. In rough seas at different beaches, alone Michael saved four people from drowning.
At eighteen he became an Australian newspaper reporter, then a journalist correspondent in Britain, the United States, Canada, Vietnam and much of Europe. A year as a feature writer for Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph followed. As a young man, he broke his spine resulting in a year in hospital, during which time Michael twice received the last rites. Fully recovered, he became the Sunday Telegraph’s News Editor and Acting Editor, then the Chief of Staff and Pictorial Editor of the city’s Daily Telegraph.
Returning to Tasmania in the 1970s, Michael became head of Australian Broadcasting Corporation Television News and, rated as an historian, began writing books. He is the author of the non-fiction books Bloodhouse (with criminal Darcy Dugan), A Walk in Old Sydney, A Tour of Old Tasmania, A Walk in Old Launceston, A Walk in Old Hobart and recently the fiction crime thriller, Pike’s Pyramid.
He lives in Hobart, Tasmania, and has a son and daughter, and six grandchildren.