Book launch: The Rule of Knowledge by Scott Baker

anuevents 3 August 2013

Scott Baker is a Canberra-based film-maker who has recently returned from middle earth, working with Peter Jackson on his epic trilogy – The Hobbit. The Rule of Knowledge is Scott’s first novel, and has been described as ‘an adventure with heart that will keep you guessing until the very last page’.

Scott’s own life has been an adventure, and on the journey towards achieving his dreams he has juggled many competing commitments and interests (including family, career, sport and writing). At this event Scott will not only talk about his new book and the writing process but, based on first-hand experience, will offer insights into ‘how to have it all’.

About the author

From a young age, Scott was a storyteller, making up elaborate reasons why he wasn’t able to tidy his room when confronted by a sceptical mother. Scott moved from Yorkshire England to the blue mountains of NSW when he was three years old and grew up learning martial arts, reading fantasy novels and watching movies at every opportunity. He spent his youth playing sport, and designing elaborate stories to shift the blame for anything that was done wrong onto his older brother.

Scott studied TV and film production at university, and worked as a consultant in the film industry before lecturing at The Australian National University in digital video. Scott moved to Canberra to train in the sport of Taekwondo with his sights set on the 2004 Olympics, but injury would keep him out of the selections.

Scott is currently working on the development of two feature films and his second novel.

About the book

If you could meet anyone who ever lived, who would it be?

From a small-town high school to the far reaches of the globe, The Rule of Knowledge takes readers on an adventure through the ages, and probes the big questions of faith, knowledge and love.

In a cross between Indiana Jones and Back to the Future, the story follows Shaun Strickland as he unwittingly comes into possession of an ancient diary, written in perfect English, and predicting the exact moment at which it will be found. From this instant, a nonstop action ride forces Shaun to uncover the secret of the diary before he is killed by those who want the secret for themselves. Shaun learns of the life of Saul the gladiator, and the covert mission he must undertake to save the modern world as we know it. The lives of millions hang in the balance as Shaun struggles to stay alive long enough to solve the mind-bending mystery. The truth will challenge the notion of free-will and turn ‘cause and effect’ on its head.

The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and book sales and signings.

When: Tuesday 20 August 6.30-7.30pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 1, Hedley Bull Centre, Building 130, corner Liversidge Street and Garran Road, The Australian National University, Canberra
Enquiries: or 02 6125 6023

Register here: The Rule of Knowledge.

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