"Actually, twenty-three beers will not improve your judgment"


John Birmingham



John Birmingham talks about how he became a writer

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John was born in Ipswich, Queensland, in 1964. In 1994 he published his first book, He Died with a Felafel in his Hand, which became a cult youth book and eventually a bestseller.

For his second book, the pulp fiction The Search for Savage Henry, he used the pseudonym Harrison Biscuit. (Out of print, but available from the shop on this website.)

This was followed by another shared housing comedy bestseller, and sequel to He Died with a Felafel in his Hand, The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco.

John's fourth book, How To Be A Man, written with Dirk Flinthart, appeared in 1998. He Died with a Felafel in his Hand has been turned into a successful play, and is was filmed by Richard Lowenstein (director of Dogs in Space). Felafel was published in Italy in early 1997 and in Britain by HarperCollins in October 1997. It was the Guardian's book of the week and was described by Loaded as "one of the funniest books ever".

Leviathan, a history of Sydney, and was published by Random House in October 1999. In November 2002 Duffy and Snellgrove published two pocket-sized guides by John, The Felafel Guide to Sex and The Felafel Guide to Getting Wasted.

In September 2004, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the publication of He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, we will be publishing a comic edition of the book, illustrated by Ryan Vella.


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