Their Brilliant Careers: The Lives of Sixteen Remarkable Australian Writers
"Absurd, original and highly addictive ...In Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O'Neill has written a hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of (invented) Australian writers. Meet Rachel Deverall, who discovers the secret female source of the great literature of our time u and pays a terrible price for her discovery. Meet Rand Washington, hugely popular sci-fi author (of Whiteman of Cor) and holder of extreme views on race and gender. Meet Addison Tiller, the master of the bush yarn, oThe Chekhov of Coolabaho, who has never travelled outside Sydney. Their Brilliant Careers is a playful set of stories, linked in many ways, which together form a memorable whole. It is a wonderful comic tapestry of the writing life, and a large-scale parody in which every detail adds to the humour of the overall picture. Unpredictable and intriguing, Their Brilliant Careers takes Australian writing in a whole new direction."
2017 Prime Minister's Literary Award Winner for Fiction.