One of the nation’s most prolific writers, Robert Drewe has released what the Sydney Morning Herald has called the “finest satirical anatomy of Australia to be published for years”. With razor-sharp wit, Whipbird tells the story of a weekend family reunion awash with alcohol, in which tensions, grievances and prejudices inevitably come to a head. Hear the author of much-loved classics such as The Shark Net and The Bodysurfers in conversation with The Australian's literary editor Stephen Romei.

Robert Drewe (Australian)

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Robert Drewe was born in Melbourne and grew up on the west Australian coast. His novels and short-story collections, including The Drowner, The Bodysurfers, Our Sunshine and Grace, and the best-selling The Shark Net, have been widely translated, won many national and international awards, and been adapted for film, television, radio and theatre around the world. His latest novel, Whipbird, is partly inspired by the misadventures of one of his ancestors, a teenage Irish soldier in the British Army’s 40th Regiment of Foot, at the Eureka Stockade. Robert's new collection of short-stories The True Colour of the Sea will be released later in 2018.

Stephen Romei (Australian)

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Stephen Romei is The Australian's literary editor. He blogs at A Pair of Ragged Claws. When pressed, he nominates Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment as his favourite book, though sometimes it's Moby Dick.