As you probably know, Christopher Hitchens is coming to the Sydney Writers’ Festival, but what you might not know is that he is coming in support of his new book, a memoir – HITCH-22. (Is it politically incorrect to think the cover is cool? I don’t care if it is, I love it.)
Over the last thirty years Christopher Hitchens has established himself as one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals. His originality, bravery, range and wit made him first a leading iconoclast of the political left, and then later a formidable advocate of secular liberalism. As a socialist he opposed the war in Vietnam, after September 11 he emerged as one of the fiercest advocates of war in Iraq.
In this long-awaited and candid memoir, Hitchens re-traces the footsteps of his life to date, from his childhood in Portsmouth with his adoring, tragic mother and reserved Naval officer father; to his life in Washington DC, the base from which he would launch fierce attacks on tyranny of all kinds. Along the way, he recalls the girls, boys and booze; the friendships and the feuds; the grand struggles and lost causes; and the mistakes and misgivings that have characterised his life.
HITCH-22 is, by turns, moving and funny, charming and irascible and inspiring. It is an indispensable companion to the life and thought of an outstanding political writer.
Christopher Hitchens, ‘one of the most prolific, and well as brilliant, journalists of our time’ (Observer), is a widely published polemicist and frequent radio and TV commentator. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York. The most recent of his numerous books is the international bestseller God is Not Great.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of HITCH-22.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.