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
His first novel, The Philanthropist, was published in 2010 and received much critical acclaim.