Renowned writer and broadcaster Robert Dessaix delivers this annual lecture on the craft of biography, autobiography and memoir. In a world that thrives on the lives of Lady Gaga, Madonna and the latest winner of Masterchef, Robert explores ways of writing about ordinary lives and why we want to read about them. Robert Dessaix is a writer, translator, broadcaster and occasional essayist. His best-known books, all translated into several European languages, are his autobiography A Mother’s Disgrace, the novels Night Letters and Corfu, a collection of essays and short stories (and so forth) and, most recently, the travel memoirs Twilight of Love, which grew out of his fascination with Turgenev and Russian literature, and Arabesques, an exploration of themes connected with the life of the French writer André Gide. In 2009 he published On Humbug, an extended essay on the uses and abuses of various kinds of untruth. A full-time writer since 1995, Robert Dessaix lives in Hobart, Tasmania (prosperosbook)
Night Letters 361 copies, 4 reviews
Twilight of love: travels with Turgenev 141 copies, 2 reviews
Corfu 135 copies, 3 reviews
A mother's disgrace 85 copies, 2 reviews
And so forth 76 copies
Arabesques: a tale of double lives 60 copies, 3 reviews
Australian gay and lesbian writing : An anthology (Editor) 42 copies
The pleasures of leisure 33 copies, 1 review
What Days Are For 30 copies
As I Was Saying 29 copies, 1 review
The Best Australian Essays 2004 (Editor) 20 copies, 1 review
The Best Australian Essays 2005 (Editor) 15 copies
Speaking Their Minds 6 copies
Poor Folk (Translator, some editions) 881 copies, 26 reviews
The Best Australian Essays 2008 (Contributor) 26 copies, 1 review
The Best Australian Essays: A Ten-Year Collection (Contributor) 24 copies, 1 review
The Best Australian Essays 2009 (Contributor) 17 copies
Seams of Light: Best Antipodean Essays (Contributor) 6 copies
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