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Arnold Zable - The Fighter

Henry Nissen was a champion boxer, the boy from working-class Carlton who fought his way to beat some of the world’s best in the 1970s. Now, he works on Melbourne’s docks, taking shifts as they come up. But his real work is on the streets - giving character statements and providing support for the disaffected in his community.

The Fighter is Arnold Zable’s account of this true battler - a man who used his fists to forge a career, but also his wits to negotiate a childhood in a community of Holocaust survivors, immigrants and damaged souls.

Arnold Zable is an highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate, whose books include The Fig TreesScraps of Heaven and Cafe Scheherazade. Hear him in conversation with the ABC’s Louise Maher.

TICKETS: $10 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink)