M S Lawson


After 38 years as a journalist, including more than 30 on the Australian Financial Review, the down under Wall Street Journal, the newspaper I worked for could not stop its advertisers shifting to digital outlets. In 2016, as part of a savage round of redundancies, I was called into the Fairfax boardroom in Sydney (the two big players in the Australian newspaper scene are Fairfax and News) and told "sorry Mark". My original training was in physics and maths, gaining a science degree at Melbourne University in the 1970s. I landed a job at what was then about the only computer newspaper in Australia because I had taught myself to type, from one of my sister's secretarial textbooks. In those days it was rare for a boy to know how to type.

In that very long career in journalism I did specialist/trade, suburban, country/regional and, for the AFR, science reporting, companies (takeovers, profit results, market movements) personal finance, special reports editing, leader writing, accounting/legal reporting and a stint as Perth bureau chief. Now I do a little contract work, the occasional article for The Australian version of the British magazine The Spectator, and write books. I have a wife and adult children in Sydney but at the moment I'm keeping an eye on my aged dad in Melbourne.

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Darth Vader The Good Guy Who Lost
Price: Free! Words: 32,420. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » History of things, Essay » Sociology
The arch villain of the Star Wars series, Darth Vader, has been grossly misrepresented by historians. In fact he is a Richard III-like character given gross deformities and credited with all sorts of evil deeds to make the story of a supposedly fun rebellion against allegedly harsh overlords seem better.
A Planet for Emily
Price: Free! Words: 70,580. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
While searching for her sister who has gone missing along with an expedition looking for a new home planet for the human race, Suzanne winds up as a cruise director on an old space freighter with a mysterious captain. Along the way she meets baby Emily and family who are looking for a place where Emily can grow up. She must find and rescue her sister and find a planet for Emily.

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