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TITLE: The Quest for Cooley

AUTHOR: Robert Darroch



The Quest for Cooley is the story of the 40-year search for the identity of the real-life person that DH Lawrence portrayed as the Australian political leader Benjamin Cooley in his 1923 Australian novel, Kangaroo.   Through his intensive research, in Australia and overseas, Robert Darroch, a former investigative journalist on The Bulletin, discovered that Lawrence ran across an actual secret army in Sydney in 1922, and unmasked it in his novel of Australia.  This is a story that many people and interests have tried to prevent coming out.  It exposes the fascist underbelly – what Lawrence called “the horrible paws”– of post-WW1 Australian society and politics. 

This is the first volume of his Lawrence’s 99 Days in Australia, which tells the story of how the 20th-century’s most controversial author came to write his most surprising work of “fiction”.

ROBERT DARROCH is the President of the DH Lawrence Society of Australia  and is a journalist, writer and Internet practitioner.  His first book about Lawrence, DH Lawrence in Australia (Macmillan Australia), was published in 1981.  He and his wife Sandra now run The Svengali Press, a digital publishing company. 


  • ISBN: 978-0-9942765-7-5
  •  ISBN  e-book: TBA
  • Imprint:  The Svengali Press & ETT Imprimt
  • On Sale:  26/8/16
  • Pages:  185
  • List Price:  TBA
  • Category:  Literary History, Literature