At last. A serious conversation on the advantages of being relaxed, rested, comfy and a little lazy. Robert Dessaix is one of Australia’s most highly regarded writers. His timely book The Pleasures of Leisure reminds us that working longer hours, multi-tasking and being ‘crazy busy’ all the time is eroding our freedom to simply enjoy life. Thoughtful, witty and engaging, it’s a topic we can all find time for, surely. He joins David Marr for a languid conversation.

Robert Dessaix (Australian)

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Robert Dessaix is a writer of fiction, autobiography and the occasional essay. His best-known books, all translated into several European languages, include his autobiography A Mother's Disgrace, Night Letters, Corfu and a collection of essays and short stories (And So Forth). In 2012 he published the collection of originally spoken pieces As I Was Saying, and in 2014 he published the meditation What Days Are For. His latest book is The Pleasures of Leisure.

David Marr (Australian)

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David Marr is the author of Patrick White: A Life, Panic, The High Price of Heaven and Dark Victory (with Marian Wilkinson). He has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian Australia and The Monthly. He has been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV’s Media Watch. He is the author of five bestselling Quarterly Essays.