Nicholas Hasluck was born in Canberra in 1942 and later studied law at the University of Western Australia (1963) and Oxford (1966). After completing his studies he worked briefly in Fleet Street in London as an editorial assistant before returning to Australia in 1967 to work as a barrister. He was deputy chairman of the Australia Council 1978-82 and was made AM. His father Sir Paul Hasluck was a minister in the Federal Government under Robert Menzies, and was later appointed Governor-General of Australia. On 1st May 2000 Nicholas Hasluck was appointed as a justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Nicholas Hasluck revisits and revives the infamous and incredible case of Egon Kisch. Kisch, an investigative journalist by trade, came to Australia in 1934 as an activist against war and fascism. He was proficient in ten European languages, so when he arrived in Australia, the Government was so keen to deny him permission to stay, that they resorted to testing Kisch in Scottish Gaelic. He duly failed the test.