In Nicholas Jose’s latest novel, East Timor’s fight for independence provides the context for a story about the intersection of the personal and the political. He explores with David Marr the pleasure and anxieties of writing a literary thriller.
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Nicholas Jose has published novels, short story collection, non-fiction and an acclaimed memoir, Black Sheep: Journey to Borroloola. He was Cultural Counsellor at the Australian Embassy Beijing from 1987-1990 and Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University and Emeritus Professor of English and Creative Writing at The University of Adelaide.
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.