is one of Australia's most popular novelists, whose books are read throughout
His novels are meticulously researched, and he travels regularly to
a wide range of different countries in order to explore the culture,
history and geography of the locations in which his novels are set.
Alan has been a novelist since 1993.
He began his working life on British provincial newspapers, before
becoming a freelance correspondent for major Fleet Street newspapers
in the United Kingdom and Europe.
He is the author of eleven major fiction and non-fiction books,
each of which has been a best seller, and seven of which have been
He has recently completed a trilogy of novels of which the
theme is the experience of the Jews during the 20th Century.
The novels examine numerous aspects of the suffering and losses of
the Jewish People as a result of anti-Semitism and wars.
The idea for the trilogy arose from a trip which Alan took with his
wife Eva in order to visit the home where her family had lived before
The trilogy begins with The Gift of Evil which examines the
question of the ownership of property which has been stolen in time
The second book, The Marmara Contract looks at the perennial
problem of anti-Semitism and seeks to understand the reasons for genocide.
The final book of the trilogy is Berlin Song, which documents
the suffering of the Jews under the Third Reich, seen through the
eyes of a young Jewish woman.
All of the books of the trilogy have been sold internationally, and
will be published world-wide during the next two years.
Alan's current novel is a feminist re-writing of the biblical character
It was published in March 2001 to critical acclaim.
His short literary novel, The Mechanic, about the Nuremberg
trials is soon to be published, and his next major work about the
renegade Elizabethan Irishwoman, Grace O'Malley, entitled The Pirate
Queen, will be published in March 2003.
He is currently completing a novel called The Kingmaker, based
on Gertrude Bell, the woman who created modern-day Iraq in 1923.
One of his most successful books, a collection of Jewish short stories
called Minyan, and has been favorably compared by literary
critics to the works of Milan Kundera.
He is a literature reviewer for the Australian Jewish News, an occasional
columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Australian and
the Australian Jewish News, and a regular book reviewer for the literary
magazine, Good Reading.
In June 2000, he was the NSW Human Rights Orator, as well as the B'nai
B'rith Human Rights Orator in Sydney and Melbourne.
He is a visiting lecturer in literature at the Universities of Sydney
and Western Australia, and a regular lecturer and speaker on matters
of literature, defamation, racism and human rights.