Only Peter Goldsworthy could write a memoir titled The Cancer Finishing School. He explains to David Marr why cancer makes good copy for a writer.
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Peter Goldsworthy has won major literary awards across the genres of poetry, fiction, theatre, and opera libretti. His books have been shortlisted three times for the NSW Christina Stead Fiction Prize and twice for the Miles Franklin Award. Three Dog Nightwon the 2004 FAW Christina Stead Award, and was longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC prize. His first novel,Maestro, was voted by members of the Australian Society of Authors as one of the Top 40 Australian books of all time. His latest work is a memoir, The Cancer Finishing School.
David Marr has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian and The Monthly, and has served as editor of The National Times, reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV's Media Watch. His books include Patrick White: A Life, The High Price of Heaven, Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson), Panic and six bestselling Quarterly Essays. His most recent book is Killing For Country: A Family Story.