John Tesarsch is a writer and barrister. He used to be a professional cellist based in Vienna, but had to give up music due to a debilitating allergy to the rosin used on cello bows. He returned to Melbourne to study Law and became a barrister, then was diagnosed with tongue cancer and spent a year undergoing extensive treatments. John is the author of the acclaimed novels The Philanthropist and The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman. His most recent novel, Dinner with the Dissidents, will be released in September.