Dolphin Books

Welcome to Dolphin Books

Dolphin Books publishes the work of author Tom Mead. Tom was a Sydney journalist and writer who published a number of titles including the popular books Killers of Eden and Empire of Straw.

With a particular interest in nautical history, these novels chart the remarkable events that have shaped contemporary Australia in a form that is at once enjoyable and fascinating.

Titles are available to order through this website. Books can be purchased by selecting more information about the titles below.

Trade enquiries should be directed to our national distributor.

Books by Tom Mead

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Killers of Eden

For almost a hundred years the same pack of killers returned to Eden, on Twofold Bay, NSW, assisting local fisherman during the winter whaling season. These killers would actually herd whales into the bay, when necessary attracting the land-based whalemen.

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Empire of Straw

Benjamin Boyd manipulated the Royal Bank of Australia to stride like a financial colossus through the young colony of New South Wales buying up pastoral properties starting to build a city at Twofold Bay to rival Sydney, trying take over the coastal trade and acquiring sailing ships for deep sea whaling.

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The Fatal Lights

Why did it happen? On the night of August 20, 1857, the British clipper ship Dunbar was smashed to pieces at the entrance to Sydney Harbour, sending 121 of the 122 passengers and crew to their deaths just as they were preparing to land after their 89 days voyage from England.

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Manly Ferries of Sydney Harbour

Manly Ferries of Sydney Harbour tells of the early paddlewheeler days, the era of the Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company that brought the Dee Why, Curl Curl and South Steyne, the decline of the ferries and their recent return to popularity.

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Man Is Never Free

The book tells the true story of a conspiracy to misuse the law, which made martyrs of six English farm labourers - today the heroes of the trade union movement.

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Breaking The News

This is not strictly an autobiography. It is more a story which brings to life the interesting and dramatic events and people who shaped Australia's history during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, as they were seen through the author's eyes.

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A Few Words

As a journalist Tom Mead gives advice on grammar and style using Australian newspaper articles as examples

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