Hi. I’m Patrick Mullins.
I’m a Canberra-based writer.
My first book, Tiberius with a Telephone, a biography of former Australian prime minister William McMahon (1971–72), was published by Scribe in October 2018. It won the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction, at the 2020 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and the National Biography Award for 2020.
My second book, The Trials of Portnoy, is an account of the downfall of literary censorship in Australia as sparked by the publication of Philip Roth’s novel Portnoy’s Complaint. It was published by Scribe in June 2020 and shortlisted for the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the 2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.
My third book, co-authored with Matthew Ricketson, is titled Who needs the ABC? and is an account of and an argument for the ABC in modern Australia. It was published by Scribe in March 2022.
I completed a PhD at the University of Canberra in 2014, where I also lectured and tutored in the writing and journalism programs. I retain an honorary appointment as an adjunct assistant professor in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research.
Feel free to get in touch with me via Twitter or via email — patrickjosephmullins (at) gmail.com