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Hi. I’m Patrick Mullins.

I’m a Canberra-based author and academic.

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.

I completed a PhD at the University of Canberra in 2014, where I worked thereafter as a lecturer and tutor in the writing and journalism programs. I retain an honorary appointment at the university 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