Dr Joe Reich AM is an ophthalmologist whose professional roles have included Chairmanship of The Senior Medical Staff at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and being a current board member of Vision Eye Institute. He is also an accomplished artist and author who has previously published three works of fiction and a biography. Ein Stein: A Novel is his fifth book. 

In his book chat, Joe discusses the process of melding fact and fiction in creating the protagonist of his latest work, and how his career as an ophthalmologist led him to the story of Ernst Leitz II — creator of the Leica, and the “photography industry’s Schindler”.