Elliot Hannay is an author and veteran journalist. His career started in 1958 at the age of sixteen and he worked in newspapers, ABC radio and television, media consultancy and the public service for 60 years. He was selected by The Australia China Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs as one of six Australian journalists to tour the People's Republic of China. During his career, Elliot was targeted by Australian Ku Klux Klansmen, threatened by corrupt senior police officers in pre-Fitzgerald Queensland and faced a $3million writ when he exposed the secret financial dealings of King Cross underworld figure, Abe Saffron. He lives on the Atherton Tablelands with his novelist wife Barbara.