John M. Green’s The Tao Deception is ‘Australian thriller writing at its very best’, says an ABC review. John says he was driven to write the book by ‘a deep worry about electromagnetic pulses being used by a rogue nation to destroy whichever country in the Western world it chose, sending it back into the dark ages by frying its electrics and electronics’. John talks about depicting real-world concerns in literature and how fiction can send powerful messages.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Juanita Ruys (Australian)

Juanita Feros Ruys is the director of the University of Sydney Node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Medieval and Early Modern Centre and the author of Demons in the Middle Ages.