In his illuminating novel The Last Man in Europe, Dennis Glover masterfully explores the creation of George Orwell’s classic work Nineteen Eighty-Four. Simultaneously a captivating drama, a unique literary excavation and an unflinching portrait of the beloved British writer, it has been hailed a “remarkable and timely book” by The Monthly and a “terrifically assured hybrid of fiction and life-writing” by the New Statesman. Dennis sits down with ABC’s Annabel Crabb to discuss his fictional homage to one of the greats of 20th-century literature.

Dennis Glover (Australian)

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Dennis Glover is an Australian writer and novelist. The son of factory workers, Dennis graduated from Monash and Cambridge universities and has worked for two decades as an historian, political columnist, essayist, political adviser and speechwriter. An outspoken political commentator, his books include An Economy is not a Society, The Art of Great Speeches and Orwell’s Australia. His debut novel The Last Man in Europe tells the dramatic story of how George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

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Annabel Crabb is one of Australia's most beloved journalists. She is a writer and broadcaster for the ABC, writes a weekly opinion column for Fairfax, is the author of the bestselling book The Wife Drought and is a sought-after speaker and presenter. As host of the ABC's enormously popular series Kitchen Cabinet, Annabel has broken bread with Australia's most influential political leaders and shared her magnificent desserts in kitchens around the country. She broadcasts a top-rating podcast (Chat10 Looks3) with friend and colleague Leigh Sales and her latest book is Special Delivery, a cookbook with Wendy Sharpe.