Mark Filmer was studying economics at Macquarie University during the wide comb dispute. After graduating in 1986, he spent the next 20 years working as a journalist, mostly for country newspapers. During this period he won the Henry Lawson Journalism Award (1999) and was highly commended in the Sir Harry Budd Memorial Award for NSW Country Journalism (2000-2001). While researching this book, he travelled extensively throughout New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, interviewing 40 people. He also spent many weeks scouring several libraries and archives in Canberra. Mark is passionate about country life and rural and regional Australia. He grew up in Tathra and now lives with his wife Linda in Orange, where he works as an editor for Charles Sturt University. Three Steel Teeth is his first book.