Memoirs of a Journo

Memoirs of a Journo

Hollywood heavyweights and European romps, journalism legend Mike O’Connor shares the best of his best in his new book.

By Jane Schon | 26th June 2014

Many people have a favourite Mike O’Connor column. But some may not know his love affair for journalism began by chance. At 19 he applied for a cadet position on a whim – anything to escape a life of banking – and after lying a little to get in the door, Mike quickly discovered he had a knack for the written word.

Over his amazing career he’s dabbled in politics, travel, food, motoring, lifestyle and entertainment, spending a good chunk of his career abroad, rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s elite like Dustin Hoffman and Sophia Loren.

Living a more relaxed lifestyle now, Mike has pieced together a collection of his most poignant and amazing stories to create a memoir of sorts, ‘Life on a Column’.

“I’ve made a career out of writing light-hearted columns,” he says. “The knack of it is writing about something that’s pretty ordinary and spinning that into something amusing. I think that’s the trick, making something exceptional out of something ordinary. People identify with it.”

“I’ve had experiences that had I been a lawyer or, god forbid, stuck in a bank I would not have had. My job was to pretty much interview movie stars endlessly for three years.”

Tens of thousands of columns later, Mike hopes he can offer people a laugh as they weave through his 80 or 90 favourite tales. “I’ve had a lot of fun and it continues to be a lot of fun. Journalism can be the gift that keeps on giving.”

'Life on a Column' is now available at mikeoconnor.com.au

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Article by Jane Schon

Jane is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She is addicted to theatre, travelling to far off places and developing her personal style (AKA shopping). Jane adores good food (and even better coffee) and is a self-confessed sleep enthusiast.