John Clarke was born in New Zealand in 1948. He was and remains one of Australia's best known and most loved faces on TV. A comedian, writer and actor, his appearances included the famous Fred Dagg character,The Gillies ReportandThe Games. John's books includeThe Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse, A Dagg at My Table,The Howard MiracleandThe 7.56 Report. His only novel,The Tournament,was published in the UK and the US to great critical acclaim and will be republished in the Text Classics in November. He died in April 2017.