Michael Adams is the author of 12 books.


Australia’s Sweetheart is the first biography of Mary Maguire. After becoming a teen film star at home in the mid-1930s, Mary set off to find fame and fortune in Hollywood. There she signed with Warner Bros., became the toast of tinsel town and starred in films with Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan. After defecting to 20th Century Fox, Mary went to London and sought better dramatic roles. But with war approaching, her life followed a tumultuous trajectory. From the Bodyline series and the Golden Age of Hollywood to the London Blitz and intrigues of English fascists, this is a true story with the twists and turns of a classic movie melodrama.

Australia’s Sweetheart is based on five years’ intensive research in Australia, the US and UK, which included work in our National Film & Sound Archive, the Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox archives in Los Angeles and the British Film Institute archives in London. It’s also informed by never-before-published interviews with Mary’s friends and family members.

Australia’s Sweetheart is published by Hachette Australia. It’s at QBD, Dymocks and Booktopia, David Jones, Big W and most independent book stores.

Michael’s other books include the middle-grade series The Seven Signs, which is available at Booktopia



Then there’s his young adult apocalytpic trilogy, also available at Booktopia


And if you want to know what the worst film ever made is, you could do worse than read Michael’s comic memoir. It’s available at Amazon