Fancy Goods questionnaire: Anton Enus

Anton Enus is a television journalist for SBS, who presents the news each weeknight on World News Australia.

It took very little hounding for Anton to tell us of his love for books…

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading Franny and Zooey (various imprints), as a tribute to J D Salinger. Just finished Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man (Penguin) and Geoff Dyer’s Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi (Text)—we were on a panel together at the Adelaide Writers’ Week.

What book do you always recommend?

Anything by J M Coetzee. Age of Iron (Penguin) and Waiting for the Barbarians (Verso) come to mind.

What book made you wonder what all the fuss was about?

My more learned friends will hate me for saying this, but it’s Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate) by Hilary Mantel. I can see the significance of the historical aspects, but honestly there wasn’t a single character I cared about.

What’s the best book you’ve read that no-one’s ever heard of?

I’ll nominate two: The Sorrows of an American (Hodder) by Siri Hustvedt, just for its elegant, almost musical rhythms. And My Traitor’s Heart (Vintage) by Rian Malan, a truly chilling examination of politics in South Africa.

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