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On tour: Herman Koch

Dutch writer Herman Koch is the author of the satirical novel The Dinner (Text). His latest book Dear Mr M (Text) will be released in August. He is travelling to the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Leading Edge Books conference in Canberra in May.

What would you put on a shelf-talker for your latest book?

If you have a high opinion of writers and the writing life, don’t read this

What are you reading right now?

Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton (Viking).

What are you planning to read next?

Amos Oz’s Judas (Chatto & Windus, September).

Which book do you always recommend?

Anna Karenina.

What was the defining book of your childhood?

Michael Bond’s A Bear Called Paddington (HarperCollins).

If you were a literary character you’d be …

A more understanding and sympathetic husband of Anna Karenina.

What’s your favourite book adaptation (film, television or theatre)?

Quiet Chaos, based on the book with the same name by Sandro Veronesi (HarperCollins).

What’s your favourite books website or blog?

The Millions.

Hardback, paperback or digital?


Facebook or Twitter?


In 50 years’ time books will be …

Read by more people than in 2016.


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