Annabel Crabb enlists a trio of Festival favourites for a literary reworking of the game ‘Two Truths and a Lie’. ABC presenter and Crabb’s Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast co-host Leigh Sales, Australia’s best-known investigative journalist Kate McClymont and writer and performer Chris Taylor come prepared to talk about three books they hold close to their bookish hearts, then the guessing begins as to which one they’re fibbing about. Hear from four of our most well-read literary citizens about the books they’ve felt compelled to lie about having read in their lifetimes.

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Kate McClymont (Australian)

Kate McClymont

Kate McClymont is an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald. She is a seven-time winner of journalism's most prestigious award, the Walkley, including the Gold Walkley for her coverage of the Bulldogs salary cap rorts. She was named the 2012 NSW Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the fraudulent activities of Michael Williamson, the head of the Health Services Union and the business activities of former NSW Labor minister, Eddie Obeid. In 2017, she was inducted into the Media Hall of Fame for her contribution to the industry. Her latest book, Dead Man Walking, tells the complete story of the lives and shoddy business deals of Michael McGurk and Ron Medich. It was Kate in whom millionaire businessman Michael McGurk confided that he feared for his life, just one week before he was fatally gunned down outside his Sydney home.

Chris Taylor (Australian)

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor is a writer, performer and broadcaster who's best known as a member of The Chaser team, responsible for tv comedy shows such as CNNNN and The Chaser's War on Everything. More recently, he was the creator, co-writer and producer of the critically acclaimed drama Upright for Foxtel. He's just signed a 6-figure deal with Hardie Grant to write his very first tweet, expected to be published in 2028.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter for the ABC. She's also a keen amateur podcaster and co-hosts the inexplicably popular Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast with her colleague Leigh Sales, who lends credibility to the exercise. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and TV as a political journalist and won a Walkley Award for Stop At Nothing: The Life And Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull. She published a bestselling book about gender and work, The Wife Drought, in 2014 and has published two cookbooks with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe, the latest of which is Special Guest. Her most recent Quarterly Essay is Men at Work.

Leigh Sales (Australian)

Leigh Sales

Leigh Sales is one of Australia's most respected journalists and anchors the ABC's flagship current affairs program 7.30. She is the author of three books, the latest of which is Any Ordinary Day. Leigh also co-hosts a popular culture podcast with Annabel Crabb called Chat 10, Looks 3.