The Booktopia Book Guru Asks
Trust and Listen
Ten Terrifying Questions
1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
I grew up in Melbourne, a city which just gets better and better (though I’m more of a part-timer these days). Attended very ordinary suburban schools, then University High which was Academically Serious. I slinked off at the end of Year 10 and never went back; academia has never appealed to me, I’m afraid.
2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?
At twelve I wanted not to be a child any more; I hated having so little control over my life. At eighteen I wanted to be exactly what I was, a feckless hippie. At thirty I wanted lots of doing: work, and kids, and building property.
3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?
That electric orange juice squeezers were symptomatic of how sick western society had become. Now, our illness is so vast that such gadgets seem merely trivial. Continue reading