David Levell, born in Sydney, Australia, has worked principally as a writer, book editor, television producer and journalist. His professional interests range across fields as diverse as history, travel, nature, literature, music and film.
Tour To Hell: Convict Australia’s Great Escape Myths (University of Queensland Press) by David Levell tells the true story of the strange myths of place that had convicts in colonial Australia fleeing to the bush hoping to find nearby white or Asian societies that might offer sanctuary or a way home.
David’s book editing credits include My War: Life Is For Living (ABC Books), WW2 veteran Brian Walpole’s first-hand account of Australia’s secret Z Special Unit in Japanese-occupied Borneo. He was contributing writer and editor for Detective Superintendent Ron Stephenson’s Victor Chang: Murder Of A Hero (New Holland), about the killing of the famous Sydney heart surgeon. More recently David edited Sharks, The Sea & Me (Wakefield Press), the autobiography of shark conservationist/filmmaker/attack survivor/cage diver Rodney Fox.
David’s freelance articles have appeared in Qantas The Australian Way, Men’s Style, The Sun Herald, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Guitar, Follow Gentlemen, Fortean Times and many other publications. His published fiction has appeared in literary journals Westerly and Redoubt.
He has also produced and/or directed some twenty television documentaries on a variety of cultural and musical topics. These include Prodigies (SBS-TV, 2000), a two-part program on child musical prodigies and Puccini: Wizard Of Love (SBS-TV, 1997), about the female roles in Puccini’s operas.
David has a degree in Mass Communication & Philosophy from Macquarie University. He lives in Sydney with Josephine and their daughter Daisy.