Neil Spark

I have made a living from writing — journalism and marketing — for decades.

I’ve loved reading, writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. Whether that has taken form in journalism, teaching, novels or public speaking, the art of effective communication and connecting with people has allowed me to express my abiding passions in politics, democracy and twentieth century European history.

History has warnings about what’s happening today. We can best understand the present only by understanding the past. The novelist and philosopher George Santayana sums it up well: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

My passion for history and story-telling combines in several ways: writing novels and giving lectures. My first novel is a thriller set in Germany in the early 1930s. It’s the story of three men, their personal struggles and their battle to undermine tyranny. The ever-present threat of tyranny underpins my lectures about democracy and Germany between the world wars.

I work and live with my partner in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia’s only island state.