SOMETHING WE PREPARED EARLIER:
The Booktopia Book Guru asks
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’m a Sydney boy… try not to hold it against me. I grew up in the inner west of Sydney. Culturally speaking I’m half Irish and half Singaporean. I went to an array of Schools ranging from the ‘Obnoxious Private School’ variety through to your average public schools. Mum was a teacher. Dad was a Photographer but the real childrearing was done by the television. I used to power through a small mountain of VHS tapes each week by taping every single television programme and movie on the box. One summer in the late 90’s I decided that I would watch EVERY film that came out in the cinemas. I was hooked, I knew I was going to work in film and television…
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.