Brenda Niall is one of Australia's foremost biographers. She is the author of five award-winning biographies, including her acclaimed accounts of the Boyd family and her portrait of the Durack sisters, True North. In 2016 she won the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal and the National Biography Award for Mannix. In 2004 she was awarded the Order of Australia for 'services to Australian literature, as an academic, biographer and literary critic'.
'Among living Australian biographers, only Philip Ayres matches Brenda Niall for painstaking research serving narratives at once spirited and judicious...Dr Niall ignores nothing.' * Spectator * 'For my money, Brenda Niall's Mannix is the most wise, shrewd and elegant biography yet produced of this complex and beguiling man. Niall's irresistible prose strengthens the candour of this fine book.' * Age on Mannix * 'It is all written so fluently and seamlessly that I am quite lost in admiration.' * Patrick McCaughey on True North * 'Few other writers have such an ability to understand and describe the relationships that create the characters of her subjects.' * Sydney Morning Herald *