Stephen Dando-Collins delivers a talk on 'Pasteur's Gambit', the day after he won the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Science Writing for this very book.
Stephen's international writing career took off in 2002 with 'Caesar’s Legion', the first in a series of histories of the Roman legions including, 'Nero’s Killing Machine', 'Cleopatra’s Kidnappers' and 'Mark Antony’s Heroes'. They are ‘the best there is in this genre’, says Canada’s The Gate. Stephen’s next historical novel, 'The Inquest', was a big seller in Italy and Spain. His American history, 'Standing Bear is a Person' is a ‘remarkable work’, declared the Washington Times. In 2007, Stephen’s Australian history, 'Captain Bligh’s Other Mutiny' was published, a ‘riveting’ book according to The Australian, one ‘with a drama and sense of adventure that rarely features in Australian history’ said the Sydney Morning Herald. This was followed last year by 'Tycoon’s War', which the Wall Street Journal called ‘a terrific read’. Also published last year, Stephen’s ancient murder mystery 'Blood of the Caesars', was described as ‘a work to keep you fascinated,’ according to BBC History magazine.
Stephen’s latest book is Pasteur’s Gambit, the true story of Louis Pasteur’s attempt to eradicate Australia’s rabbit plague - a tale of science, sabotage, sex and scandal.
‘Pasteur’s Gambit is a fantastic story made better by the fact that it is true. Dando-Collins has uncovered a story very few people knew anything about, gone on to research rich untapped material, and skillfully laid it out. The result is part science, part history, sprinklings of drama and ultimately a real adventure.’ - Tony Peacock, CEO of the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre.