Robert Wainwright

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Robert Wainwright has been a journalist for 25 years, rising from the grassroots of country journalism in Western Australia to a senior writer with the The Sydney Morning Herald. His career has ranged from politics to crime, always focussing on the people behind the major news of the day. He is the author of Rose: The unauthorised biography of Rose Hancock Porteous (2002), The Lost Boy (2004) and The Killing of Caroline Byrne (2009).

Books by Robert Wainwright


Published: September 2021

The tumultuous life of Australia's most famous opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba.


Published: July 2020

From the bestselling author of Sheila comes the story of a bewitching Australian socialite who fascinated the world.

Rocky Road

Published: August 2018

The marvellously strange but true story of the family behind the famous Darrell Lea confectionery company.


Published: April 2015

Born on a NSW sheep station, she wedded earls and barons, was feted by London and New York society, and when she died was a Russian princess.

Australia, You Little* Beauty

Published: August 2010

Justin Langer, one of Australia's highest ever run scorers, looks back at his life in cricket - on the mateship, change room antics and onfield triumphs which made up his 105-Test innings as a member of one of the game's greatest teams.

The Lost Boy

Published: April 2004

In 1993 8-year-old Clinton Liebelt went missing from a roadhouse between Darwin and Alice Springs - one of the most desolate places in the world. Australian journalist Robert Wainwright's uplifting and triumphant tribute tells the story of how one child's disappearance united an entire community and the wider Northern Territory of Australia.


Published: November 2002

Based on detailed research and investigation, this extraordinary story of Rose Porteous, aka Rose Hancock, nee Rose Lacson makes compulsive reading.

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