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Les Carlyon is an Australian writer, who was born in northern Victoria in 1942. He has been editor of Melbourne's journal of record, The Age, as well as editor-in-chief of The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, and has twice won the Walkley Award for journalism. In 1993 he won the Graham Perkin Australian journalist of the year award.[1] [2]

His book Gallipoli, a popular history of the Allied Gallipoli campaign in the Dardanelles during the First World War (which remains a key event in the Australian and New Zealand national consciousnesses), was published in 2001, and met with critical and commercial success in Australia, New Zealand and England.

His The Great War, published in 2006, is the story of Australian forces on the Western Front in France and Belgium also during World War I.[3]


  • Walkley Award for magazine feature writing 1971
  • Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year Award 1993
  • Walkley Award for journalism leadership 2004
  • Melbourne Press Club Quill Award for Lifetime Achievement 2004
  • Prime Minister's Prize for History 2007 (for The Great War)


  1. ^ Tippet, Gary ‘Carlyon, a character-driven gem’ The Age December 4, 2004.
  2. ^ Carlyon, Les, Gallipoli, 2001, ISBN 0385 604750, Random House (cover biography notes)
  3. ^ Carlyon, Les The Great War, Macmillan, 2006.ISBN 9781405037990

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Preceded by
Graham Perkin
Editor of The Age
1975 - 1976
Succeeded by
Greg Taylor


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