Ben Elton is a writing all-rounder: he got his start creating cult television comedy classics like The Young Ones and Blackadder, then moved onto novels, movie screenplays and musicals.
His bestselling books blend page-turning comedy and biting social comment – but his tenth, Two Brothers, marks a dramatic shift in tone. It tells the story of two boys who grow up in the same Jewish family – one adopted, an Aryan – and their predicament as the Nazi threat closes in.
The novel explores very personal territory: Elton’s German-Jewish father fled Czechoslovakia to England in 1939.
The world-famous funny man gets serious, and talks about his inspirations and his craft with chair Kaz Cooke.
Ben Elton is one of Britain’s most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from World War I to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time. His latest novel is Two Brothers.
Kaz Cooke is a former reporter and cartoonist turned history detective. She is also the author of the bestselling books Up The Duff, Kidwrangling, Girl Stuff, Girl Stuff 8–12, Women’s Stuff, and the children's picture books Wanda Linda Goes Berserk and The Terrible Underpants.
Her new novel, Ada, grew out of her research and exhibition during a Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria, 2013–2015.