Paul Hardisty

Interviewed 23 February 2019

Paul E. Hardisty

Canadian Paul E Hardisty is the author of the Claymore Straker series. He has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist.

He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels) and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Ethiopia in 1991 as the Mengistu regime fell and was bumped from one of the last flights out of Addis Ababa by bureaucrats and their families fleeing the rebels. In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a café in Sana’a.

Paul is a university professor and CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). He is also a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman and conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia.


Books by Paul E. Hardisty

Reconciliation for the Dead

Former SADF paratrooper Claymore Straker returns to South Africa to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and seek absolution for his unwitting part in a horrifying act of inhumanity.

Reviewed on 10 June 2017 by John Cleal

The Abrupt Physics of Dying

Oil worker Clay Straker is hijacked at gunpoint in Yemen and has to choose between saving his driver and finding out why villagers near the company’s processing plant are falling sick. What he finds puts a price on his head.

Reviewed on 21 March 2015 by Sharon Wheeler