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)

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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)

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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.