In her latest novel, Miles Franklin–winning author Michelle de Kretser casts a satirical eye on a generation of Australians insulated by the mining boom. Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come centres on a trio of middle-class characters who consider themselves progressives but travel through the world with little insight into their prejudices and privilege. Christos Tsiolkas chats to the bestselling author about a book that is at once thought-provoking and savagely funny.

Michelle de Kretser (Australian)

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Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Sydney. She is the author of five novels, the most recent of which is The Life to Come. Her previous novel, Questions of Travel, won the Miles Franklin Award. Michelle's fiction is published across the world and has won numerous awards.

Christos Tsiolkas (Australian)

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Christos Tsiolkas is the author of the novels Loaded (filmed as Head On by Ana Kokkinos), The Jesus Man, Dead Europe (adapted into a film by Tony Krawitz), The Slap and Barracuda (both adapted as mini-series by Matchbox Films and the ABC). He has also co-authored the dialogue, Jump Cuts: An Autobiography with Sasha Soldatow. His short story collection, Merciless Gods, was published in 2016 and adapted into a stage show by Little Ones Theatre Co. His latest book is a monograph on Patrick White for the Writers on Writers series. Christos is also a scriptwriter, playwright and essayist, and the film critic for The Saturday Paper.