What do we mean by magic? And what is it that draws humans so inexorably to the idea of it? John Zubrzycki and Jan Golembiewski approach magic from different perspectives but both explore humanity’s need to step into the unknown and embrace a sense of deep wonder. John’s The Empire of Enchantment studies the role magic has played in Indian culture across centuries. Jan went on his own personal adventure to find magic in Africa.
Jan Golembiewski grew up in suburban Canberra and in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. An architect by profession, Magic is his first book.
John Zubrzycki has worked in India as a diplomat, consultant, tour guide and correspondent for The Australian. He is the author of three books -The Last Nizam, The Mysterious Mr Jacob and most recently Empire of Enchantment: The Story of Indian Magic.
Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne.