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Kokoda author & film historian Neil McDonald dies aged 77

Neil McDonaldNEWS EDITOR | Books + Publishing

MELBOURNE – Neil McDonald, the author of two popular books on the Kokoda Track in wartime, has died in Sydney at the age of 77.

Mr McDonald published several books including 200 Shots, a pictorial account of Australians fighting on the Kokoda Track and Kokoda Front Line: The Amazing Story of Legendary Australian War Cameraman Damien Parer.

His most recent book, Valiant for Truth: The Life of Chester Wilmot, War Correspondent, was shortlisted for the 2017 NIB Waverley Military History Prize and the 2017 Prime Minister’s Award for Australian History, where judges commended the book for shedding] new light on the career and experiences of one of Australia’s most renowned war correspondents.

“All of us at NewSouth Publishing were saddened to learn of the death of our author Neil McDonald in Sydney last weekend,” said publisher Phillipa McGuinness. Coincidentally, it was the same day that journalist Paul Kelly, in the pages of The Australian, praised Neil McDonald’s biography of Chester Wilmot that we were so proud to publish in 2016.”

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