Barrie McMahon


Barrie McMahon loves a good story particularly one that reflects his lifelong interest in Australian history, communication and folklore. It is a fascination with how people’s lifestyles reflect and reshape their cultures.
The same focus on culture and communication is evident in his work as a professional educator. As co-author with Robyn Quin he has written many media text books for teachers and students and with Jan McMahon captured the folklore of the Darwin racing culture in Fannie Bay to Flemington: Living Bush Legends (Vivid Publishing 2011).
His novel Copyboy satisfies his passion for spinning a good yarn while at the same time examines how the immediate post World War II Perth community interacted with the dominant medium of the time, the newspaper, to engage with and reshape the traditional Australian ethos.
Barrie is an old bloke, old enough to have faint childhood memories of that era. He has lived in Perth, Western Australia most of his life. He and Jan have two married sons, four grandchildren and through long term friendships are part of various extended families whose cultures they celebrate.

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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 117,370. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Australia & New Zealand
In 1946 copyboy Alf McGuinness lands a job at The Mirror newspaper and finds himself in a fix. He and feisty friend Jenny are small players in a post-war black market but Mirror reporters are digging for sensation in the contraband economy. As Alf and Jenny try to come to grips with their double lives, things threaten to unravel.
Fannie Bay to Flemington: Living Bush Legends
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 70,530. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Equestrian
The soul of Australia is captured in its legends. Some we invent, like the Man from Snowy River while others like Ned Kelly we anoint. Animals share this legendary status – Phar Lap and Red Dog have captured our hearts. This is the story of Undue, a reject horse that became a legend, fulfilling the dreams of rouseabout trainer Shane Clarke, his owners and the entire punting community of Darwin.

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