Peter Justin Newall, born in Sydney, Australia, worked in a Navy dockyard, as a roadmender and as a punk rock musician before taking a degree in law and being admitted to the Sydney Bar. For more than twenty years he has travelled through Central and Eastern Europe, pursuing the ghosts of the Habsburg Empire, the Soviet Union and his ancestors. He has lived in Odessa, Ukraine, and most recently for a year in Kyoto, Japan, where he sang for a popular local blues band. He has been published in England, the USA and Australia, and his stories The Luft Mensch and The Chinese General were each nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His story A Box of Photographs won the 2019 Lamar York Prize for Fiction. If he could have written any one novel, it would be Joseph Roth's The Radetzky March.
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