Les Carlyon

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Leslie Allen "Les" Carlyon AC, 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. The book was the basis for the Australian 2015 TV miniseries Gallipoli, released in the year of the 100th anniversary of the campaign.

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]

In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Carlyon was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for "eminent service to literature through the promotion of the national identity as an author, editor and journalist, to the understanding and appreciation of Australia's war history, and to the horseracing industry".[4]

The name Carlyon is of Cornish origin.[5]


  • 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 4 December 2004.
  2. ^ Carlyon, Les, Gallipoli, 2001, ISBN 0-385-60475-0, Random House (cover biography notes)
  3. ^ Carlyon, Les The Great War, Macmillan, 2006.ISBN 9781405037990
  4. ^ "Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 

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Preceded by
Graham Perkin
Editor of The Age
Succeeded by
Greg Taylor