I am a writer about belief and unbelief. I have written about atheism for some years and had a record busting blog called “Godless Gross” in one of Australia’s largest media sites.
A decade ago, I self-published a novel about the crucifixion from a secular Jewish perspective. It was acclaimed but the marketing and distribution were fatally flawed. A decade has passed and it is time for the work to be edited and properly published as part of a trilogy on Jesus, St Paul and the near extinction of Judaism and the early church. (see synopsis attached).
‘A great book. I thought it was very funny. I laughed a lot.’ PHIL KAFKALUDES, ABC NEWS RADIO •
‘This is a fascinating read … It’s so funny.’ BRUCE BERRYMAN, 3RRR RADIO •
‘Very funny … puts the fiction back into crucifixion’ JON FAINE ABC 774 MORNING SHOW •
‘The humour is there, the wit, the learned discussions and endless debates between the partisans of diverging currents of faith, in Joshua’s messianic age. Jerusalem is resurrected. The idealised, disincarnated characters of legend are real and fallible and profoundly human. At last, a great injustice is being righted, the character of Judas, condemned by posterity, is given a credible ending. You have guessed it, Dick Gross is writing behind the myth and giving its due to the Roman killing machine.’ DANIELE KEMP, SBS RADIO •
‘Dick Gross’s Jesus, Judas and Mordy Ben Ruben: Three Good Jewish Boys in Jerusalem is a bit like meeting him. On the surface, the book is inordinately entertaining, profoundly shocking and full of energy and passion. Beneath the surface, however, there’s more scholarship, wisdom and dense argument than the frivolous can deal with or the devout can cope with…This novel is a warning against irrationality and a chance for a decent belly laugh.’ RALPH MCLEAN BUZZ CHANNEL 31 MELBOURNE •
‘One of the most enjoyable and unexpected pieces of narrative literature I have recently encountered.’ ADDAM STOBBS, ALLEGRO NON TROPPO, JOY FM •
‘Guaranteed to amuse...Dick’s literary abilities are there for all to see’ BERT NEWTON, GOOD MORNING AUSTRALIA, CHANNEL 10
THE BACKGROUND TO THE AUTHOR.
DICK GROSS AM
Born:16 November 1954
Marital Status:3 children aged 24, 26 and 28.
I was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for services to the Environment and Local Government as former Mayor of the City of Port Phillip.
Author of 5 books and co-author of another (four nonfiction and two works of fiction) on divergent topics of finance and godlessness:
Money for Jam, How to spread it and not make a mess, 1990 Mandarin Australia
Tricontinental, 1995 Melbourne University Press (co-author)
Godless Gospel, 2000 Pluto Books
Jesus, Judas and Mordy, Three good Jewish boys in Jerusalem, Self-published in 2005
Death by Elegy, 2011 Melbourne University Custom Books
Zac, Hats in Cool Town, 2014 Garratt Publishing
Two national and state awards for Public Relations campaigns.
Extensive media experience as commentator including Channel 9, SBS, 774 and 3AK.
I have been a finance writer with The Age and the Australian Jewish News. “Godless Gross” was a blog on www.nationaltimes.com.au/blogs commenced in 2009 and attracted more comments than any other blog in Australia (50,000 to 2013). http://www.smh.com.au/national/most-commented-stories-of-2012-20121219-2bm0y.html
I have written three musicals – one on death and the other on marriage.
Death by Elegy performed in 2014 by Emotionworks to acclaim:
“… a delightful surprise where tragic matters such as death and a belief in the afterlife are considered in an innovative, vulnerable and refreshing way. Who would have thought that a play about death could be so funny?”
Mandatory Marital Annulment takes place in a world where all marriages must end after 18 years as long term marriage is too unendurable. The only problem is that the main protagonists are still in love. This has just been completed. Here are some songs from the show. https://youtu.be/BCd4Ro0UEWc
Father and Son – a musical exploration of this fraught relationship performed at Fringe 2007