• Among friends.....

    Among friends.....

  • The man and a memorable moment in the spotlight.........

    The man and a memorable moment in the spotlight.........

  • Philip Clark and John Mackay

    Philip Clark and John Mackay

  • Susie, Laura and James Service

    Susie, Laura and James Service

  • Katge Carnell and John Mackay

    Katge Carnell and John Mackay

  • Jenny Sheehan and Jane Chalmers

    Jenny Sheehan and Jane Chalmers

  • John Mackay and Robin Stuart-Harris

    John Mackay and Robin Stuart-Harris

  • Carol Peake, Jim Service and Deanne Glanville

    Carol Peake, Jim Service and Deanne Glanville

  • Maria Hawke, Ginny Acworth, Sue Samarcq and Jo Harmer

    Maria Hawke, Ginny Acworth, Sue Samarcq and Jo Harmer

  • Publisher Matthew Richardson, John Mackay and Alex Sloan

    Publisher Matthew Richardson, John Mackay and Alex Sloan

  • Alex Sloan and Rob Thorman

    Alex Sloan and Rob Thorman

  • Graham Downie and Peter Stevenson

    Graham Downie and Peter Stevenson

  • Marcus Peake and Peter Yorke

    Marcus Peake and Peter Yorke

  • Barbara Stuart-Harris and Annie Bain

    Barbara Stuart-Harris and Annie Bain

  • Meredith Crowley and Kaneen Williams

    Meredith Crowley and Kaneen Williams

  • Maurice Reilly, David Marshall and Peter Crowley

    Maurice Reilly, David Marshall and Peter Crowley

  • Spero and Jane Cassidy set up shop

    Spero and Jane Cassidy set up shop

  • Cathy Winters and Paul Walshe

    Cathy Winters and Paul Walshe

  • Jocelyn Plovits and Thea Hackman

    Jocelyn Plovits and Thea Hackman

  • Ann Jakle and John Mackay

    Ann Jakle and John Mackay

Living on the Edge - The Life of John Mackay

11 February 2015

The life of John Mackay – so far – is both a great read and an integral part of recent Canberra history. The book  title “Living on the Edge”  is beautifully written by Graham Downie and was officially launched at the National Press Club by Alex Sloan.

It traces the good, the bad, the painful and true story of the man whose love of Canberra,  exuberant spirit and lust for life was a force that made things happen. His kindness is beyond compare. His friendship is legendary. But most of all he’s a family man with his extraordinary wife Colette saying John has made life fun for her.
The gathering of many of what I call his usual suspects at the launch was the culmination of a couple of years of a fantastic friendship and perfect pairing of his biographer Graham Downie and John Mackay where both found a respect for each other and the precious trust required for this story to be told.

Needless to say I’ve had a long association with John and Colette and their extended family, they are my friends and our lives have crossed paths in many ways I was unaware of until my hand delivered and signed copy arrived and was consumed with pleasure very quickly. Buy it through Halstead Press and enjoy the journey.