Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

Screenwriter and bestselling author of 'The Honourable Thief', 'The Water Diviner', and 'The Pacific: In the Footsteps of Captain Cook.'


A funny exchange with a friend recently. Already rather bemused by my fairly colourful/convoluted/dysfunctional career path, she overheard me discussing my forthcoming publications with another friend.

“A COOKBOOK? WHAT!? You’ve written a bloody COOKBOOK now?” she exclaimed.

No, I explained. Not a ‘cookbook’. But a ‘Cook book’. As in – a book about James Cook, to accompany the series I co-wrote that’s currently screening on the FOXTEL History channel. If you’re interested, there’s a smorgasbord of tasty clips, outtakes and extras available on the FOXTEL site.

Occasionally I’m involved with something that I’m very proud to see my name on. This would be one of those projects. Although, as in the screen-grab below, it seems that Sam will be credited with authorship of the book in the popular imagination. And that’s quite alright with me – it certainly won’t hurt sales any.

Who am I to complain, anyway? According to the Wikipedia page for ‘The Water Diviner’, the film was based on the book I co-wrote with my wonderful husband, Andrew. Of course, it was the other way round – we adapted the script (co-written by the brilliant Andrew Knight) into a novel. But try to tell Wikipedia that (I’ve tried. Believe me). Now it’s been published far and wide – an authentic example of ‘fake news,’ not to mention a cautionary tale showing how careful you have to be if you plan to use Wikipedia as a source of information.

It’s a very entertaining interview with Chrissie, Sam and Brownie, by the way. The man can certainly turn on the charm. Clip available here.



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