A dystopian novel from the inimitable mind of award-winning author Jesse Ball, The Divers’ Game conjures a society split in two and stripped of empathy at every level. Named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and described by The New Yorker as “a writer of formal mysteriousness and neon moral clarity”, Jesse speaks with Justin Wolfers about his vision of an unsettlingly familiar world, which forces us to consider the effects of constant fear on life and culture.

Jesse Ball (International)

Jesse Ball

"Jesse Ball is the author of 18 books, most recently the novel The Divers’ Game. His works have been published to acclaim in many parts of the world and translated into more than a dozen languages. He is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, received The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize and the Gordon Burn Prize, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Jesse was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists and has been a fellow of the NEA, Creative Capital and the Guggenheim Foundation."

Justin Wolfers (Australian)

Justin Wolfers

Justin Wolfers is a Sydney-based editor, writer and researcher. He is co-editor of literary journal The Lifted Brow and an editor at Murdoch Books (Allen & Unwin). His writing has been published in Overland, Meanjin, Cordite, The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings and Fireflies, among others. He was a 2019 participant in the Australia Council for the Arts Future Leaders program, and is a PhD candidate studying contemporary American fiction at Western Sydney University's Writing & Society Research Centre.