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Although it was inevitable that Reg’s story would eventually be penned it would have been a difficult task for any writer who didn’t know him; his character and life history are so intertwined. The aptly named Reg Spiers and John McSorley were young international javelin throwers when Reg’s saga began. John has long entertained those close to him with anecdotes from the escapades of his notorious friend. His wife and son, Julie and Marcus, always hoped to use their love of the arts in a collaborative project. They shared a vision of the story as a dramatization and didn’t need much encouragement from John and Reg for their joint venture.


Julie McSorley


It’s hardly surprising that Julie worked as a freelance illustrator in Fleet Street; she was hooked on illustrating stories from an early age. Coincidentally, she was born in the same city as Reg: Adelaide, South Australia. Having a father who was an RAF navigator resulted in extensive travel and boarding schools. She spent her teens in Singapore before returning to study in England, specializing in illustration at Harrow College of Art. She eventually trained as an art teacher at the University of London. Teddington School was her first teaching appointment, where she met and later married the sports master, John McSorley.


Julie’s published work includes numerous magazine illustrations and private commissions. After settling in Queensland she illustrated a children’s book for HarperCollins. Captain Deadlight’s Treasure by S.A.Wakefield was shortlisted in the Australian Book of the Year Awards. Her artwork has been reviewed in the Brisbane Sunday Sun and the Sydney Morning Herald. She completed a master’s degree and doctorate in educational art criticism while lecturing on various university programs in Brisbane. Her published articles include academic art journals and book reviews.


Julie and John returned to Europe in 2009 and now live in Southern Spain, where they regularly stroll through their beachside town, La Cala de Mijas. You will have to read the book to understand why the Indian restaurant, Bombay To Goa, never fails to make them smile.


Marcus McSorley


Marcus now lives in the same street where his father built the infamous box in 1964. On completion of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) degree at QUT, Brisbane, he returned to England with his partner, Lucia. They soon made Twickenham their home, where Marcus regularly motorbikes past familiar locations from the story. As an actor he has built a diverse list of credits including Macbeth at the National Theatre of Luxembourg and Midsomer Murders for ITV. He was selected by Sony Music as lead male opposite Portuguese Golden Globe & MTV award winner, Aurea, for her music video, The Only Thing That I Wanted.

An artistic mother and sporting father were influential in his formative years, where Marcus was as comfortable visiting the theatre as he was playing rugby or cricket. One of his abiding childhood memories is of warm nights at ‘Juno’, the family home, when he would badger his dad to tell guests the ‘box story’. He always thought the story was special enough to warrant more than a few old fragmented newspaper clippings, and was delighted when Reg endorsed the project that has become ‘Out Of The Box’.

Ironically, Marcus has maintained his interest in freight, being selected by DHL as a model for their service point posters, and a part owner of a small international shipping company.