Author(s): Antony A. Butt
Prince Philip - or to give him his proper due, His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich, KG (Knight of the Garter), KT (Knight of the Thistle), OM (Order of Merit), GBE (Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire), AK (Knight of the Order of Australia), QSO (Companion of The Queen's Service Order), PC (Privy Counsellor) - is a gentleman and a senior Royal of such standing, it's only fitting that a book celebrate the great wisdom he has accrued in his 93 magnificent years on earth. A tireless public servant to the Commonwealth, who can forget such pearlers as "If it has four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it" as said to a World Wildlife Fund meeting in 1986? Or, observing to a wheelchair-bound Susan Edwards alongside her guide dog in 2002, "Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?". Of course, Australians fondly remember his deep and abiding interest in the country. We will always remember his asking "Do you still throw spears at each other?" to Indigenous leader William Brin in 2002? Or when offered a koala to stroke "Oh no, I might catch some ghastly disease"? But perhaps Prince Philip best summed up his illustratrious career when commenting to Jeremy Paxman that "Any bloody fool can lay a wreath at the thingamy".
Sir Antony A. Butt originally trained as a priest, but thwarted by the desire for senior public service, is now Australia's foremost Monarchist (overtaking the role last held by David Flint). A firm believer in the 1950s, Sir Antony lives his life with the clock wound tightly back. This is his first book. Oslo Davis is an illustrator and cartoonist. He draws two cartoons a week for Melbourne's The Age newspaper, as well as a weekly cartoon called Overheard in the Sunday Age. Oslo draws regularly for Art Guide Australia and Readings Monthly. In 2011 Oslo was a Walkley Award finalist in the cartoon category. Oslo wrote, directed and drew Melbhattan, an animation about Melbourne, and is the illustrator for the Golden Plains music festivals. In terms of publishing, Oslo has contributed illustrations to a number of books. Most recently he worked on Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, by Benjamin Law and Michelle Law, as well as Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson anthologies. His clients include the New York Times, The Guardian, the National Gallery of Victoria, the University of Melbourne, the State Library of Victoria, the Big Issue and The Wheeler Centre.