Mark Whittaker

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Mark Cornelius Whittaker (born July 1965[1]) is an Australian journalist and non-fiction writer.

Early life[edit]

Whittaker was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the son of journalist Bill Whittaker,[2] and attended Newington College (1978–1983).[3]

Writing career[edit]

In 1985 Whittaker commenced as a copy boy with News Limited and became a staff writer on The Weekend Australian Magazine in 1993. Seven years later he left the Magazine to travel around Australia and write. He later rejoined The Weekend Australian Magazine as a part-time staff writer.


  • 2002 - With wife and co-author, Amy Willesee,[4] won the Asia-Pacific Travel Writing Award for their book on the Kathmandu royals murders.[5]
  • 2005 - Walkley Award for Magazine Feature Writing for The Weekend Australian article "Ordinary Heroes" about the people who attempted to rescue Sophie Delezio and Molly Wood from a burning childcare centre[6][7]
  • 2006 - News Ltd's News Award for Features Journalist of the Year[8]


  • Granny Killer: The story of John Glover, Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy (Sydney, Collins/Angus & Robertson 1992) ISBN 0-207-17766-X[9]
  • Sins of the Brother: The definitive story of Ivan Milat and the Backpacker Murders, Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy (Sydney, Macmillan 1998) ISBN 0-7329-0968-6[10]
  • The Road to Mount Buggery: A journey through the curiously named places of Australia, Mark Whittaker and Amy Willesee (Sydney, Pan Macmillan 2001) ISBN 0-7329-1111-7[11]
  • Walking to Victory, Adam Gilchrist with Mark Whittaker (Sydney, Macmillan 2003 ISBN 0-7329-1138-9[12]
  • Love & Death in Kathmandu: A strange tale of royal murder, Mark Whittaker and Amy Willesee (Sydney, Macmillan 2003) ISBN 0-7329-1177-X[13]
  • Ten Years, Roseanne Catt with Mark Whittaker and Amy Willesee (Sydney, Pan Macmillan Australia 2005) ISBN 0-7329-1190-7[14]
  • Bomber: From Vietnam to hell and back, Mark Whittaker and Tony Bower-Miles (Sydney, Pan Macmillan Australia 2009) ISBN 978-1-4050-3935-2[15]
  • Brave: Ordinary Australians and their extraordinary acts of courage, Mark Whittaker (Sydney, Pan Macmillan Australia 2011) ISBN 978-1-4050-3987-1[16]


  1. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 214
  2. ^ Crikey
  3. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 214
  4. ^ Crikey
  5. ^ Macmillan
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  7. ^ 2005 Walkley Award Winners
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  9. ^ NLA Catalogue - Granny Killer
  10. ^ NLA Catalogue - Sins of the Brother
  11. ^ NLA Catalogue - The Road to Mount Buggery
  12. ^ NLA Catalogue - Walking to Victory
  13. ^ NLA Catalogue - Love & Death in Kathmandu
  14. ^ NLA Catalogue - Ten Years
  15. ^ NLA Catalogue - Bomber
  16. ^ NLA Catalogue - Brave

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