Born in Reservoir, Victoria, Barry Dickins worked in factories for five years, before becoming an apprentice set painter at Channel 7, Melbourne. Dickins is a prolific writer of plays, novels, stories and autobiographical fiction, and is a regular contributor to many newspapers. He is also a renowned cartoonist and his cartoons have been seen regularly in the Melbourne Age as well as a number of his prose publications. Dickins has won a number of fellowships and has been a writer-in-residence at a several theatres and institutions.
Heart and Soul consists of personal recollections of life in the police force, as told by police men and women, as well as those who have experienced the pain of losing loved ones killed while doing their job.