Patrick deWitt has been lauded as the 21st century’s Mark Twain. He tells Jason Steger about the “not unhappy protagonist” of his latest novel and why he chose to write it in the third person.
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Patrick deWitt is the author of The Sisters Brothers, which won the Governor General’s Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Walter Scott Prize, and was adapted for a film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and Riz Ahmed. He also is the author of Ablutions, which was a New York Times Editor's Choice, Undermajordomo Minor, and French Exit, which was adapted for a film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and shortlisted for the Giller Prize. His latest book is The Librarianist.
Jason Steger is the books editor of The Age and The Sunday Age. He began his career in journalism as a sports reporter in 1980 before shifting into business and journalism. He joined the Sunday Age as business editor in 1990 before moving into arts and books journalism.