NEWSFLASH! In September I will join The Conversation as its Business and Economy Editor. I have been honoured to work at The Age for the past ten years, originally alongside the legendry Tim Colebatch, and for the past four years as economics editor in my own right.

At The Conversation, my job will be to make the best thinking from Australia's 40 univerisites accessible to the widest possible audience. That means you. From the new year I will also write a weekly column.

On this site are most of the important things I have written for Fairfax and the ABC over the past few decades. I recommend the Search function. The site is a record for you, as well as me.

I'll continue to post great things from The Conversation and other places here, and also on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's back!!! Arthur, Ford, Trillian, Zaphod and the Guide itself return

I met Douglas Adams once and interviewed him - a lovely, enthusiastic, sort-of sad man, who died much too young.

Now, at the request of Adam's wife, Eoin Colfer has carried on the legacy.

He found writing part 6 in the increasingly inaccurately-named trilogy a challenge:

It's title: And another thing.

The Guardian says:

"Within pages, it's clear this is a triumph. Colfer has pulled off the near-impossible. It's faithful to Adams's humour and, more important, it's also got his rhythm, the cadences and the footfalls that made his style so often (badly) imitated. But Colfer doesn't shy from introducing his own brand of wit, his own complex logic confettis. It's the work of an author who can write anyway, with a beautiful, vaulting imagination, and who obviously loves Adams's style so much he can echo it without falsity or accidental parody."

I want to know... does it bring back Marvin? ??