Author John Clanchy reveals why he wrote Six

By Nigel Featherstone
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:45pm, first published July 14 2014 - 11:59am

Tall, grey-haired and eminently graceful, the first thing John Clanchy does is lead me through his 1960s-era inner Canberra home and out to the backyard, which offers a red-brick garage, a humble collection of small trees and shrubs, a patch of wintered grass, along with plants clinging to pots here and there. But we’re not about to witness some kind of gardening act. “I’m just so lucky,” says Clanchy in his soft and thoughtfully articulate voice. It’s as though we’re looking over an endless ocean, but really it’s just a humble rise of bushland. “Every day I spend an hour – often two – walking the mountain with the dogs. Where else can you live so close to the city and be able to do that?” It sounds like he can’t believe his luck.

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