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Your Story Ep 57 : John. Writing, Work Ethic and Celebrity


Talent, hard work and good fortune this is what made the success for John Birmingham

Sometimes we can read a book that has a significant impact on our understanding of things. To come to an understanding of what Sydney is… it’s history and personality, I needed to read Leviathan : The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney and get under it’s hem stained skirt to really understand just what Sydney was really like and how it got to be like that. Leviathan then gave me a whole new understand of this city by the harbour as I live there back in 2001.

John Birmingham

Leviathan was my introduction to John Birmingham and his writing style. A style that is entertaining while still immensely informative, pulling no punches from telling it as it is but with humour all the way, albeit sometimes a very dark humour. John is a local Brisbane lad, who grew up in Ipswich after migrating from the UK with his family in the ’70’s. He’s one of the  better known writers in Australia initially for his 1994 share house exposé, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand that later went onto stage shows and a film but now his notoriety is for his columns and articles in numerous publications including Brisbane Times and an ever extending long list of published novels and researched non-fiction.

In recent years he’s written the Axis of Time trilogy and is now two books into the Without Warning trilogy with the final book in the series due for publication in 2011. He’s currently rewriting a 10 anniversary update of Leviathan and is working on numerous other publications.

This man is a writing machine with a work ethic setting a constant budget of 2000 words a day five days a week all year. One book, one started,  columns and articles. If you want to understand how to write this is how you do it. You write!

His website is CheeseburgerGothic,com

He writes for Brisbane Times

Give his books a go, they’re a bloody good read 🙂 Here is a link to his Amazon Page.

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  • Andrew McMillen Friday, 31 December, 2010, 3:12 pm

    Great interview, Ian. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ian Friday, 31 December, 2010, 4:02 pm

    Thanks Andrew.

    John is one of those people who took a couple of years to get and I’m glad I persevered as I have such a high regard for him and his writing.

    Thanks for taking the time to drop by 🙂

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