Five questions in five minutes with Mark Dapin

Mark Dapin, popular newspaper columnist and successful Australian author, answers five questions in five minutes...

What are you reading right now, and are you enjoying it?

I'm reading Tunnel Rats by Jimmy Thomson and Sandy McGregor. It's a book about Australian engineers in the Vietnam War. I'm actually in Vietnam with Jimmy and Sandy as I answer these questions.

Could you tell us a bit about your favourite book?

My favourite book is probably Money by Martin Amis. I read it in my twenties, and it helped me understand what was wrong with my life. My joint-favouite book, Graham Greene's The Quiet American, still helps people understand what was wrong in Vietnam.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I write, I train at the gym, I go to the pub, and I look at my children at marvel at how beautiful they are. That's my whole life, really.

Whats next for Mark Dapin?(could you give us a clue about your next book...)

I don't know what I'm going to do next. Newspapers, magazines and book publishing all seem to be in perpetual crisis. Maybe I'll become a pole-dancer.

If you could have dinner with two famous people, who would they be, and why?

I wouldn't really want to have dinner with anyone famous. It'd be too much like work.

Mark Dapin will be presenting an author talk/book signing at Sutherland Library, on Tuesday, 20th March, at 6.30pm. Copies of his books including his latest novel "Spirit House" will be available for purchase on the night, courtesy of Berkelouw Books.

You are welcome to join us for this event, bookings are essential. You can book online, or call the Library on 9710 0351.