Gerry Burke was educated at Xavier College, one of Australia’s most prominent Jesuit colleges. On leaving school, he commenced a part-time accountancy course, while employed by an international mining company. It was a career commitment that lasted for twelve years, partly spent in New Guinea. Dramatically, he then switched careers, and joined an advertising agency in Melbourne, as a copywriter.
Gerry’s career in advertising took him to Britain, America, Hong Kong, Singapore and a number of Australian cities. He was employed by some of the world’s largest ad agencies and when he stepped away from the corporate giants, he was ready to operate his own agency on his own terms. His company, GerryCo, provided advertising, marketing, film and video production to local and overseas clients.
In parallel with these activities, Gerry always maintained an on-going interest in the thoroughbred horseracing industry as an owner and breeder and, today, continues this love affair, which has outlasted his dedication and devotion to the world of advertising. With friends, he has raced over twenty thoroughbreds.
The author’s humorous stories and commentary were first made available for general consumption in 2009, with the release of his first book, From Beer to Paternity. Paddy’s People is his sixth volume. Pest Takes a Chance was a finalist in the USA Best Books Awards in 2011 and Pest on the Run received a similar accolade in 2012.
Gerry is single and lives in Melbourne—twice voted the world’s most livable city.