George Megalogenis in conversation with Frank Bongiorno

ANU/CANBERRA TIMES MEET THE AUTHOR EVENT

George Megalogenis will be speaking about his new book, The Football Solution. How Richmond's Premiership Can Save Australia.

In a characteristically sweeping and entertaining story, George Megalogenis reveals how football has been shaped by the nation that invented it and how the game we love, in turn, might help resolve Australia's political impasse.

A sport unlike any other in the world, football has always been Australia's bellwether. But at a time when politics is increasingly conducted like sports - full of one-eyed tribalism, captain's calls and policy dictated by the Newspoll scoreboard - football is the one institution that's more relevant than ever.

Before it could win the 2017 premiership, Richmond had to change how it thought about good leadership. By weaving together the game's conflicted history, a sharp-eyed analysis of Richmond's off-field turbulence and his own love of the Tigers, Megalogenis reveals just how Richmond found a new way to win - and how Australia might do the same.

'George Megalogenis manages the incredible feat of igniting hope again for something called Australia. Whatever football code you follow, or even if you don't follow sport at all, I urge you to read this book. It's bracingly sane and beautifully told.' Christos Tsiolkas.

'George Megalogenis is Australia's best explainer' - Annabel Crabb.

George Megalogenis is an author and journalist with three decades' experience in the media. He is a regular on the ABC Insiders program and the author of The Australian Moment, which won the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction and the 2012 Walkley Award for Non-fiction, and formed the basis for his ABC documentary series Making Australia. He is also the author of several bestselling Quarterly Essays and Australia's Second Chance (2015).

Professor Frank Bongiorno is Head of the ANU School of History. He is the author of the award-winning  aThe Sex Lives of Australians: A History and The Eighties: The Decade That Transformed Australia. He has reviewed for the Times Literary Supplement, Australian Book Review, the Monthly, Fairfax and The Australian. He is a regular contributor to Inside Story and The Conversation. Frank is a Carlton supporter.

The vote of thanks will be given by distinguished Australian author and social researcher Hugh Mackay AO. His latest book is Australia Reimagined (2018).

Pre-event book signing will be available from 6pm and again after the event.This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books wll be available to purchase.