John Birmingham is a journalist, columnist, blogger, prolific tweeter and author of two Quarterly Essays, a number of books of fiction, non-fiction and memoir. These include He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, the Axis of Time series of thrillers, the Disappearance series and the Dave Hooper novels. He won the National Award for Non-Fiction with Leviathan: The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney. How To Be a Writer: Who Smashes Deadlines, Crushes Editors and Lives in a Solid Gold Hovercraft was published in 2016. He currently writes regular columns for Fairfax Media.