Joel Deane is a poet, novelist, journalist, essayist, and speechwriter. He started out at 17 as a copyboy at the Sun News-Pictorial in Melbourne. Since then he has worked in San Francisco as a producer on the Emmy Award–winning MSNBC technology news show The Site, lectured widely on the use of public language, penned reviews and essays for Australian Book Review, and written speeches for Labor politicians such as Bill Shorten, Steve Bracks, and John Brumby. The Sydney Morning Herald described Deane’s most recent novel, The Norseman’s Song, as ‘a bold unfolding of a succession of nightmares [that] belongs to a long line of yarn-spinners … from Henry Lawson to Frank Hardy to Peter Carey’. His most recent collection of poetry, Magisterium, was a finalist for the Melbourne Prize for Literature. Catch and Kill marks his debut as an author of non-fiction.