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The Artful Abacus
Code: 152  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: , History
Saturday, May 19 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Ticketed: $15/$10
Sydney Theatre, Richard Wherrett Studio, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Gideon Haigh, Jane Gleeson-White, John M. Green (facilitator)
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Before the computer and the calculator there was the abacus because we needed to be able to count if we were to record our output and to calculate our accumulating earnings. And then came the office, the place designated for all this counting to occur, and our lives were never again the same. Gideon Haigh, author of The Office and Jane Gleeson-White, author of Double Entry talk to novelist and former Macbanker John M. Green about how they made literature out of numbers.

John M. Green (Australian)

John M. Green is a well-known business writer and commentator. As well as writing, he's a board member of two ASX-listed corporations and not-for-profits, and a co-founder of Pantera Press. Nowhere Man, a financial thriller with a futuristic twist, is John’s first novel. His second novel, Born to Run, is a political thriller about a US presidential election that gets derailed by murder, terror and treason.

Jane Gleeson-White (Australian)

Jane Gleeson-White is the author of Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world – and how their invention could make or break the planet (2011), Australian Classics (2007) and Classics (2005). She is the fiction editor of Overland magazine and a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales. She has degrees in economics and literature and was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. She blogs at

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Gideon Haigh (Australian)

Gideon Haigh has been writing about sport, business and social history for more than 20 years. He wrote regularly for The Guardian during the 2006-07 Ashes series. He has written or edited more than 20 books, the most recent of which is The Office: A hardworking history.

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