Stephen has just returned home from 2 months in Europe, where he lectured on the Romans in Gaul and took photos for an exciting new book about Greek history due for release in the US, UK and elsewhere next August – more on that as publication (and release of the movie that the book is linked to) draws nearer.

Before he could go home, Stephen embarked on a tour of eastern Australia to launch MISTAKEN IDENTITY: The Trials of Joe Windred, and to promote his new children’s novel CAESAR THE WAR DOG.

Since its national launch in Orange, NSW, where Joe Windred was once mayor, by John Davis, the current Mayor of Orange, MISTAKEN IDENTITY has excited the attention of many in the media, especially Richard  Fidler, who had Stephen back on his ‘Conversations’ hour to talk all about the amazing Joe Windred, and Fran Kelly on ABC Radio National’s Breakfast program. Press reviews have mirrored the Gold Coast Bulletin, which described MISTAKEN IDENTITY: The Trials of Joe Windred as ‘remarkable’ and ‘moving’. Melbourne’s’ Herald Sun and Brisbane’s Courier Mail both listed it as the recommended biography in their Ten Books For Fathers Day.

Meanwhile, CAESAR THE WAR DOG has been selling up a storm since its July release and attracting wonderful reviews. Readers young and old say they can’t put the book down! Just weeks into its release, a reprint had to rushed through. And we will soon have great news about the next book in the CAESAR THE WAR DOG series, as Caesar, Ben Fulton and Sergeant Charlie Grover VC head out on a another dangerous, life and death mission. More on that soon.

30 June 2012

Dando-Collins Australian Book Tour for Mistaken Identity and Caesar the War Dog

AUG 23:
Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred

Hear the author of the bestselling Crack Hardy tell another amazing and inspiring tale about the extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian, a Windsor-born adventurer whose tight scrapes included suffering at the hands of the original ‘kangaroo court’ in California.
Time: Thurs, 23 Aug, 7.30 pm.
Venue: Windsor Library, Tebbutt Room, Windsor.
Tickets: Free event.
AUG 24:
Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred

Hear the author of the bestselling Crack Hardy tell another amazing and inspiring tale about the extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian, a Bathurst resident whose adventures included suffering at the hands the original ‘kangaroo court’ in California.
Time: Fri, Aug 24, 12.30 pm.
Venue: Bathurst Museum, East Wing, Bathurst Courthouse, Bathurst.
Tickets: Free event. RSVP to 6332-4755.
AUG 24:
National Launch, Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred
Time: Fri, Aug 24, 5.30 for 6.00 pm.

National launch by the Mayor of Orange of an amazing tale about the extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian, a Mayor of Orange whose adventures included suffering at the hands the original ‘kangaroo court’ in California. Hear the author of the bestselling Crack Hardy tell Joe Winded’s inspiring story of resilience and courage.
Venue: Orange Library, Byng Street, Orange.
Tickets: Free event. RSVP to Orange Library.
AUG 25:
Caesar the War Dog

In conversation with Jasmine Vidler of the Central West Writers Centre, hear the author of the just released Caesar the War Dog and Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred, and the bestselling Crack Hardy talk about the changing face of book publishing.
Time: Sat, Aug 25, 11.00 am.
Venue: Orange Library, Byng Street, Orange
Tickets: Free event. RSVP to Orange Library.
AUG 25:
Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred

Hear the author of the bestselling Crack Hardy tell another amazing and inspiring tale about the extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian, a Young gold digger whose adventures included suffering at the hands the original ‘kangaroo court’ in California. A Young Museum event.
Time: Sat, Aug 25, 7.30 pm.
Venue: Uniting Church Hall, cnr Cloete & Lynch Streets, Young.
Tickets: $10, including supper.

AUG 29:
Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred

Hear the author of the bestselling Crack Hardy and the award-winning Pasteur’s Gambit, who has unearthed another amazing and inspiring tale about the extraordinary life of an ordinary Australian, a charasmatic adventurer caught up in the original ‘kangaroo court’ in California.
Time: Wed, Aug 29, 6.30 pm.
Venue: Embiggen Books, 197-203 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne.
Tickets: Free event. Phone 9662-2062.
Sept 21:
Caesar the War Dog and Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred
Time: Fri Sept 21, 6.00 pm.
Venue: Fullers Books, St John St Launceston, Tasmania.
Tickets: Free event. RSVP to the store.

30 June 2012

Caesar the War Dog bounds into bookstores

Caesar the War Dog, the amazing new children’s novel by Stephen Dando-Collins, is released in Australia and New Zealand by Random House on July 2.

Based on the true stories of Australian Army dog Sarbi, which was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan, British service dog Endal, which became the most decorated dog in history, and the US Navy’s SEAL Team 6 dog Cairo, this exciting and moving adventure is set to grab the hearts of readers young and old around the world.

Caesar the War dog is also available as a braille and large print book through Read How You Want, and at school book fairs around Australia via Scholastic. The buzz for this book is enormous, with copies already flying off bookstore shelves prior to publication day.

Foreign editions are expected to soon follow, and, yes, the book is already being talked about in Hollywood!

Grab a copy while you can. Caesar is on the move.

24 June 2012

See Stephen Dando-Collins Speaking in Brisbane

See Stephen at the Unlock the Past Expo at Centennial State High School, Jindalee, Brisbane, where he’ll be talking about the research and writing process for books ranging from his latest Australian bestseller, ‘Crack Hardy’, to his upcoming new release, ‘Mistaken Identity: The Trials of Joe Windred’.

Monday, June 25, 7.20 pm.

Wednesday, June 27, 9.30 am.

Tickets at the door.

2 June 2012

TAKING HAWAII TELLS NEVER BEFORE TOLD TALE

TAKING HAWAII: How Thirteen Honolulu Businessmen Overthrew the Hawaiian Monarchy in 1893, With a Bluff, has now been released by E-Reads of New York, as an e-book and print-on demand paperback.

Stephen spent many years researching this revealing book, discovering that the military coup that toppled Queen Liliuokalani, and resulted in Hawaii becoming a US territory and ultimately a US state, was led in its final stages by an Australian born in the same place as Stephen. Even one of the key architects of the coup was to marvel that it actually succeeded.

Jude for yourself whether the queen was wrong, or wronged. To obtain the book telling the full, true, dramatic tale, told from all sides, visit ereads.com, or Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and other leading online book retailers.

19 April 2012

TAKING HAWAII TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH

TAKING HAWAII, the full story of the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii and her government in 1893 in a coup by 13 Honolulu businessmen led by an Australian, will be released by E-Reads of New York next month.

This book, which took Stephen seven years to research and write, includes much previously unpublished material, from archives, private letters and  journals, and eyewitness accounts, and tells the gripping, often minute-by-minute story of the coup and the attempted  counter-coup by native Hawaiians two years later, told from the perspectives of both sides.

Much has been written in Hawaii about the queen and her overthrow, but never before has such a dramatic, comprehensive, eye-opening account been published.

Watch this site in May for full availability details.

COME CRUISING WITH STEPHEN

THE RHONE

In July and August this year Stephen will be guest speaker aboard the MV Rembrandt as it makes several cruises on the River  Rhone  in Provence. As the Rembrandt visits sites with strong visual links their Roman past, such as Arles, Orange, Avignon, and the Pont du Gard, Stephen will be talking about the Romans in Gaul, with an emphasis on their connection with Rome”s legions.

To join Stephen on one of these fabulous cruises in Provence this summer, go to the Noble Caledonia website, www.noble-caledonia.co.uk

THE PACIFIC

Next February, Stephen will be a lead speaker aboard Royal Caribbean International’s 138,000-ton cruise ship Voyager of the Seas for Unlock the Past’s 9-night Genealogy Cruise of the Pacific, ex Sydney. Stephen will be giving a number of presentations, including research case studies on his Australian-based books, and hosting panel discussions with fellow historical authors about how they turned their historical and genealogical research into successful books. For full details of this unique cruise and the fabulous line-up of international speakers, and to book, visit www.unlockthepast.com.au

Meanwhile, catch Stephen at Unlock the Past’s Queensland Expo in Brisbane, June 25-27. See the Unlock the Past website for details.

11 January 2012

LEGIONS MARCH INTO SPAIN AND US

Stephen wants to wish all his readers around the world a Happy New Year for 2012! And to pass on exciting news for the coming year.

Firstly, in July, Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St Martins Press, will be releasing Legions of Rome in the US and Canada. North American media and interview requests relating to this title can directed to Rachel Howard at St Martins: Rachel.Howard@stmartins.com.

In the Northern Autumn, Esfera Editora will publish the all-conquering Legions of Rome in Spain. Esfera Editora become Stephen’s fourth publisher in Spain, where he has a large following for his books about ancient Rome, especially his historical Roman novel El Informe De Judea.

Meanwhile, one SDC reader reports snapping up a copy of Legions of Rome from the bookshelf in the gift store at the Herculaneum archaeological site in Italy.

TALKING ABOUT THE ROMANS IN GAUL. IN GAUL

Stephen is delighted to announce that he will be guest speaker aboard the MV Rembrandt during three of its cruises on the River Rhone in the South of France during July and August, 2012, talking about the Romans in Gaul, with reference to the connection of particular legions to the area. For more information, visit the Noble Caledonia website.

Stephen is also looking forward to attending the July 14-15 event of the Historical Writers Association of the UK (of which he is a member) at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire, where numerous historical authors will be talking as part of the annual English Heritage festival.

THE STORY OF TAKING HAWAII SOON FOR RELEASE

In 1893, the queen of the sovereign nation of Hawaii was overthrown in a military coup led by 13 Honolulu businessmen. If if had not been for one of those businessmen in particular, that unjust coup would have failed, and Hawaii may never have become part of the USA. That businessman was an Australian. In fact, like Stephen, he was born in Tasmania. After a number of years of research, Stephen’s detailed telling of the story of the coup, Taking Hawaii, will soon be released in the US. Stay tuned for release details.

GOLD, IDENTITY, AND A DOG’S WAR – NEW AUSTRALIAN BOOKS FOR JULY & AUGUST

In a particularly productive year for Stephen, Random House will release two new SDC titles in Australia and New Zealand this July and August. The first will be a children’s novel about a dog in a war, a gripping tale based on actual events.

In August, Stephen’s latest book about Australian history will be published, telling the amazing true story of an Australian lured to four different gold rushes and almost fatally caught up in two of the most incredible legal cases involving mistaken identity in the history of both New South Wales and California.

Watch for more details of both books in the coming months.

Bookseller and Publisher reports that CRACK HARDY was the most commented on new book in the Australian press during the Easter weekend.

Meanwhile, CRACK HARDY has hit the charts at number 10 on Random House Australia’s bestseller list, and number 3 on its list of bestsellers by Australian authors.

Glowing reviews continue to roll in for CRACK HARDY. Professor Ross Fitzgerald, writing in Spectrum in the Sydney Morning Herald, describes it as ‘a fine and important book,’ and ‘deeply moving.’

In the Weekly Times, Andrew Mole characterizes CRACK HARDY as ‘the most remarkable, most human, and most fragile record of the birth of the Anzac.’

Such reviews mirror the view of Professor Bill Gammage of ANU, who, at the Australian national launch in Canberra on April 14, said of CRACK HARDY: ‘It is an epic. To be memorable, an epic needs powerful writing, and here it is.’

For more detailed excerpts from the latest reviews go to the ‘Crack Hardy’ page in the ‘Books’ section of this website.

Meanwhile, Stephen’s blogs are now appearing on the Random House Australia website.

And, large print and braille editions of CRACK HARDY are now available from Read How You Want online.

CRACK HARDY BLOG AND 7.30 REPORT

The web manager reports that visits to this site have shown a massive increase this month, as Crack Hardy is released in Australia and New Zealand and Legions of Rome continues its sales march at record levels in the UK, Australia and other Commonwealth countries.

One of the reasons for the huge interest in Crack Hardy has been the fact that Stephen is in demand for interviews across Australia with media personalities including Richard Fidler, Fran Kelly, Howard Sattler and Eoin Cameron.

Catch a report about Crack Hardy and the Searle brothers on ABC-TV’s ’7.30′ program across Australia on the evening of Anzac Day, April 25.

And, commencing late April, Stephen is guest blogger for 5 days on the Random House Australia website. Check out his daily blogs; what he has to say will be thought-provoking and eye-opening.

GREAT FIRE OF ROME SPREADS TO THE SPANISH WORLD

The Spanish language rights to Stephen’s Great Fire of Rome, published late last year in the US and UK by Da Capo Press, have been acquired by the Planeta Group’s Editorial Ariel for publication in Spain and Latin America next year.