Two of Australia’s most respected journalists – ABC’s Q&A host Tony Jones and Four Corners reporter Michael Brissenden – appear with Louise Adler to discuss why they have turned to fiction after decades of reporting the news. Tony is the author of The Twentieth Man, a fast-paced historical thriller that moves from the mountains of Yugoslavia to Canberra’s covert power struggles. Michael’s The List is a suspenseful page-turner that spans Afghanistan, Western Sydney and Parliament House, in which justice, revenge and the war on terror collide.
Tony Jones (Australian)
Tony Jones is one of Australia's most experienced journalists, and the winner of six Walkley Awards and many others for his work on the ABC as a reporter for Four Corners, Lateline and as a foreign correspondent in Europe during the chaos of the Yugoslavia civil wars and the end of communism. For the past decade he has been the presenter of the ABC's much-loved TV Q&A. The Twentieth Man is his first novel, and he's currently working on the sequel.
Michael Brissenden (Australian)
Michael Brissenden has worked for the ABC for more than thirty years. He has been a political journalist and foreign correspondent for the ABC since 1987. He began his career covering Federal politics and has been a correspondent in Moscow, Brussels and Washington. A two-time Walkley Award winner, Michael has recently joined the ABC'S Four Corners as a reporter. In 2017 he published his first book of fiction, The List, a thriller set in Sydney.
Louise Adler (Australian)
Louise Adler is the chief executive of Melbourne University Publishing, president of the Australian Publishers Association and chair of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (fiction and poetry).