Who better to create a political thriller than the journalists who stalk the corridors of power for a living? The ABC’s political editor Chris Uhlmann and former long-serving press gallery reporter Steve Lewis teamed up to write The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, which became the acclaimed TV series Secret City. Their latest book in the series is The Shadow Game. Hear them reflect on plot twists and political intrigue, and on casting Canberra as a central character. 

Chris Uhlmann (Australian)

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Chris Uhlmann has been a journalist for nearly thirty years, working across print, online, radio and TV news. He joined ABC in 1998 as a radio host in Canberra before moving into the role of chief political correspondent. He has hosted the flagship program AM and won the 2008 Walkley Award for Broadcast Interviewing. Chris has worked as political editor for ABC news and The 7.30 Report. He set up News 24’s political coverage in 2010 and has hosted 7.30Insiders and News Breakfast. Chris was appointed the ABC’s political editor in 2015. With Steve Lewis, Chris has co-authored three works of political fiction that have been adapted as a six-part series for Foxtel. Their latest book is The Shadow Game.

Steve Lewis (Australian)

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Steve Lewis is the co-author with Chris Uhlmann of the best selling Secret City trilogy, including The Marmalade Files, The Mandarin Code and The Shadow Game. The novels were adapted by Matchbox Pictures into the six-part television thriller Secret City, broadcast by Foxtel in mid-2016. Steve was a long time member of the Canberra press gallery and now works as a senior adviser with Newgate Communications, as well as working as a freelance journalist and author.

Louise Adler (Australian)

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Louise Adler is the chief executive of Melbourne University Publishing, president of the Australian Publishers Association and chair of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (fiction and poetry).