Julie Gatehouse.
Julie Gatehouse.

Steve Irwin book snapped up

FORMER NewsMail journalist Julie Gatehouse has turned a page in her career with the launch of her first book today.

The book was co-written with Tony Frisby, Steve Irwin’s “best mate”, and tells the tale of the man before he became the Crocodile Hunter.

The novel, My Mate Steve Irwin – Life Before the Crocodile Hunter, is a dream come true for Ms Gatehouse who has “always wanted to be an author.”

“I started my career at the NewsMail as a cadet,” she said.

“It was a fantastic training ground for me.”

The journalist met Mr Frisby when she compiled a tribute liftout on the first anniversary of Steve Irwin’s death for the Sunshine Coast Daily.

“We were talking and he (Mr Frisby) said he had been wanting to write a book and I told him I wanted to be an author and things went from there,” Ms Gatehouse said.

“I feel so fortunate for this opportunity.”

The book took about two years to write and Ms Gatehouse is thrilled with the final product which has already sold out of its first print run in pre-orders

“I’m very proud of it,” she said.

“It’s a book full of interesting stories and shows how Steve Irwin inspired people even before he was on television or famous.”

Friend and former colleague of Ms Gatehouse, Rod Rehbein, was one of the first people to read the book and provided the NewsMail with an exclusive review.

“The book is very good,” Mr Rehbein said.

“I was really impressed.”

Mr Rehbein said Ms Gatehouse’s journalistic skills were an asset when writing the book.

“She used those journalistic skills where they typically wouldn’t have been used,” he said.

“The way she did it gave the book real credibility.”

Mr Rehbein said the author had no trouble switching between the writing styles.

“Lots of great journalists don’t make good writers, but she does,” he said.

“Julie could always write beautifully.”

Ms Gatehouse hopes this novel will be the first of many.

“I have already started on my next book,” she said.

My Mate Steve Irwin – Life Before the Crocodile Hunter goes on sale across Australia today and can be found at most book and department stores.

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