At a time when politics is increasingly conducted like sports – full of one-eyed tribalism and captains’ calls, and with policy dictated by the Newspoll scoreboard – George Megalogenis believes the game of AFL may hold the key to fixing Canberra’s woes. He points to the example set by 2017 premiership-winning team, the Richmond Tigers. George joins Christos Tsiolkas to discuss The Football Solution, a characteristically sweeping and entertaining book that will appeal to anyone wanting to make sense of our ongoing political impasse.
George Megalogenis (Australian)
George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with more than three decades' experience in the media. His book The Australian Moment won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia Great. George is also the author of Australia’s Second Chance, Balancing Act – Australia Between Recession and Renewal, The Longest Decade and Faultlines. His latest book is The Football Solution.
Christos Tsiolkas (Australian)
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.