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John Birmingham


In 2008, John Birmingham released his electrifying thriller Without Warning, which imagined a world where an unexplained energy field wipes out America. Now, he returns to that world with his new blockbuster: *After America. The much-loved author of He Died with a Felafel in His Hand and the Weapons of Choice* trilogy talks about his new passion for the epic page-turner, and where speculative fiction and geopolitical commentary collide. John Birmingham will be introduced by David Astle.


John Birmingham

John Birmingham is the author of the cult classic He Died With a Felafel in His Hand and most recently the thriller, Without Warning. He has also written the award-winning history Leviathan and the trilogy comprising Weapons of Choice: World War 2.1, Designated Targets: World War 2.2 and Final Impac... Read more

David Astle

David Astle is a full-time word nerd. You may know his loud shirts from SBS’s Letters and Numbers. Or his black-and-white boxes in Friday’s Age. He’s also the author of Wordburger (How to be a champion puzzler in 20 quick bites), plus Riddledom, Puzzled and Cluetopia. His favourite word is ‘... Read more


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