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In-depth conversations with the best fiction writers from Australia and around the world.
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Booker Prize winner Paul Lynch and his fear of mediocrity

Two authors at the top of their game: Booker Prize winner Paul Lynch reveals how his award winning novel Prophet Song came into being and Booker longlisted author Karen Jennings' complicated love letter to South Africa.The Irish writer Paul Lynch is the reigning Booker winner and won the prize for his beautiful, brutal fifth novel Prophet Song. It's about a civil war in modern-day Ireland that has echoes with other conflicts around the world. Paul Lynch tells Claire Nichols that he wants readers to be transported by his fiction and why his biggest fear as a writer is mediocrity.South African author Karen Jennings shares her hopes for the future of the rainbow nation. Crooked Seeds is Karen's seventh book and follows her 2021 Booker Prize longlisted novel An Island. In Crooked Seeds, she paints a portrait of a crumbling country. The main character - a middle aged white woman - feels like she's been left behind since the historic 1994 elections that brought an end to Apartheid. She's bitter and resentful and can only move forward by confronting the past.
6/17/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jeanette Winterson and Kate Grenville on the gift of writing

Jeanette Winterson asks how AI will give new meaning to ghost stories and Kate Grenville reflects on a lifetime of writing and how accepting failure has been key to her success.Jeanette Winterson is best known for her novels Oranges are Not the Only Fruit, The Stone Gods and Frankissstein. Her long fascination with mortality, religion and technology have come together in a new book of short stories, Night Side of the River (Jonathan Cape), which considers what technology might mean for the future of ghost stories. First broadcast 2 October 2023Celebrated Australian author Kate Grenville (Secret River, A Room Made of Leaves) won the prestigious Orange Prize for her novel The Idea of Perfection in 2001, that prize is now called the Women's Prize for Fiction and Kate is again shortlisted for the award with her latest novel, Restless Dolly Maunder (Text), her fictional biography of her grandmother. Producer, Sarah L'Estrange visited Kate in her Melbourne worker's cottage to discuss her writing career. First broadcast 21 August 2023
6/10/202454 minutes, 35 seconds
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"Everyone of my books starts with a question" — Celeste Ng from Sydney Writers' Festival

American author Celeste Ng shares how her latest novel Our Missing Hearts explores one of her deepest fears. Celeste Ng is known for her dark realist novels, Everything I Never Told You, and Little Fires Everywhere (which was adapted to the screen in 2020).Our Missing Hearts is set in a dystopian, near future America, where anti-Asian sentiment has peaked, books are disappearing from the shelves, and children are being taken away from their families.It's a chilling world but as Claire Nichols discovers at this Sydney Writers' Festival event, there is also hope in art, poetry, and family.Celeste Ng also discusses book banning in the US and you can find out more about this worrying trend on The Book Show's new series Banned Books.
6/3/202454 minutes, 23 seconds
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Shankari Chandran, Stuart Turton and Julie Janson on refuge, failure and outlaws

Shankari Chandran's follow up to her Miles Franklin award winning book, British author Stuart Turton's complicated murder mystery and Julie Janson's ironically named novel Compassion.Shankari Chandran won the 2023 Miles Franklin for her novel Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens. Her new novel Safe Haven asks readers to confront the reality of Australia's immigration detention system: the lives of the detainees, the guards, the doctors, and the communities that welcome asylum seekers, sometimes to then see them taken away.British writer Stuart Turton has a reputation for risky ideas. His hit novel The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was described as 'Gosford Park meets Groundhog Day'. His latest The Last Murder at the End of the World is also a murder mystery with a twist – it's set on an island that is home to the last remaining humans on the planet and every person on the island has a voice in their head, who is also the narrator of this story. It's a wild, propulsive ride.Julie Janson is a Burruberongal woman of the Darug Aboriginal nation. Her first, historical novel Benevolence, was about a young Aboriginal woman growing up in the New South Wales colony. Now Julie has written a sequel Compassion, inspired by her great-great grandmother.
5/27/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn sequel

One of Colm Toibin's most beloved books is Brooklyn and now he's written a sequel. In Long Island, the characters are 20 years older but they haven't let go of their secrets.One of the Irish writer Colm Tóibín's best loved books is Brooklyn. Published in 2009, it's about Eilis, a young woman who leaves Ireland for America in the 1950s. It was longlisted for the Booker, won the Costa Novel Award and was adapted to the screen in 2015. Now there's a sequel, called Long Island, (Picador) set years later in the 70s when Eilis is again faced with a family dilemma.Australian author Michelle Johnston takes you deep into the basement of the Perth hospital where she works and writes and which was the inspiration for the setting of her novel, Tiny Uncertain Miracles (first broadcast 6 February 2023).And in the final episode of Banned Books, the focus is again on Iran but there's an Australian connection. 
5/20/202437 minutes, 10 seconds
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Banned Books 05: The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree in Iran

Iran's Kafka like book censorship is causing authors to flee, including writer Shokoofeh Azar who now lives in Australia.Banned Books is a new series that looks at what's driving book bans worldwide. In this last episode, writer Shokoofeh Azar who now lives in Australia and is the author of The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree which is banned in Iran.Guests: Shokoofeh Azar - Iranian born, Australian based journalist and author The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, shortlisted for the International Booker and Stella Prize.Alireza Abiz - Iranian born, UK based scholar, poet and translator. He's the author of Censorship of Literature in Post-Revolutionary Iran: Politics and Culture since 1979Nassim Khadem - ABC journalist. Provided reading from The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree
5/18/202419 minutes, 55 seconds
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Percival Everett reimagines Huckleberry Finn

Percival Everett, a prolific author known for his versatility across various genres and styles, reinterprets an American classic novel.Percival Everett, a prolific author known for his versatility across various genres and styles, reinterprets the American classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, James, (Pan Macmillan) shifts the focus to Huck's enslaved companion, Jim, challenging the portrayal of slaves as ignorant and simple.And Banned Books Episode Four Gender Queer, explores an award winning memoir by an American author that's being challenged in the Australian Federal court in an attempt to ban it.
5/13/202428 minutes, 29 seconds
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Banned Books 04: Gender Queer in Australia

Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe is the most banned book in the USA and now it's  being challenged in the courts in Australia. Banned Books is a new series that looks at what's driving book bans worldwide. This episode explores Gender Queer, an illustrated memoir which details Maia Kobabe's experience of coming out as non-binary and asexual. The book has been banned in school and public libraries across the US. In Australia, a conservative Queensland activist is seeking to have it banned and is taking the Australian Classification Review Board to the Australian Federal Court over it's unrestricted classification of the memoir.Is the US book banning movement coming to Australia?
5/11/202426 minutes, 49 seconds
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Val McDermid and Jonathan Seidler on ancient queens and modern love

Crime writer Val McDermid investigates Scotland's most famous female character to reveal a very different Lady Macbeth. And Sydney writer Jonathon Seidler delves into the story beyond the happy ending and how breakups can define a relationship.Crime writer Val McDermid investigates Scotland’s most famous female character to reveal a very different Lady Macbeth.  Queen Macbeth: Darkland Tales is part of a series where well known authors find the truth behind the legends commissioned by the historical fiction publishing house Birlinn.Jonathan Seidler is no stranger to the complexities of modern relationships. A Sydney writer, journalist and columnist, his work is frequently published in journals and newspapers. He has also written a memoir exploring his family history of mental illness. Jonathan's latest is a novel,  All the Beautiful Things You Love which delves into the story beyond the happy ending  - how break-ups can define a relationship. 
5/6/202441 minutes, 46 seconds
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Banned Books 03: Danmei homoerotic fiction in China

Webfiction is a gargantuan platform for writers in China but authors of male to male fiction - known as the danmei or boyslove genre - are experiencing a censorship crackdown and some writers have been imprisoned for their writing. This episode is about Occupied by Tianyi – a boyslove/danmei novel whose author was sentenced to 10 years jail in China for indecency in 2018.Banned Books is a new series that looks at what's driving book bans worldwide. Guests: Liang Ge - PHD candidate, Kings College London and expert on danmei/boyslove culture and fiction.Megan Walsh - author of The Subplot: What China Is Reading and Why It Matters.
5/4/202418 minutes, 24 seconds
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Pod extra — Alexis Wright wins a second Stella Prize

Alexis Wright has won the 2024 Stella Prize, for her novel, Praiseworthy. The novel is an Aboriginal fable, about a fictional town, a haze cloud, a haze cloud, land rights, global warming, and donkeys. Judges described Praiseworthy as 'genre-bending' and 'canon-breaking'. Alexis Wright previously won the Stella in 2018 for her non-fiction collective memoir Tracker. She also won the Miles Franklin for her novel Carpentaria.
5/2/202419 minutes, 49 seconds
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Téa Obreht and Emily O'Grady on Balkan fairytales, nepo babies and wild creatures

Author of The Tiger's Wife Téa Obreht reterns with Morningside, a dystopian fairy tale, and Stella Prize-shortlisted author Emily O'Grady on the rotten characters in her novel Feast.Téa Obreht won The Women's Prize for Fiction — then called the Orange Prize — for her debut novel, The Tiger's Wife and at the time she was the youngest ever winner of the award. It was a family saga, about doctors, death and the Balkan wars. She followed it up with a Western called Inland. With her new novel, Morningside, Obreht has shifted gears again with a dystopian fairy tale set in a flooded future version of what feels a lot like Manhattan.The Stella Prize will be announced this week; it's an annual prize for Australian women and non-binary writers. One of this year's shortlisted authors is Emily O'Grady for her novel, Feast. The book is about an unconventional family meeting in a run-down Scottish castle and was described by the Stella Prize judges as a 'perfect jewel of a novel'.
4/29/202444 minutes, 9 seconds
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Banned Books 02: The Satanic Verses and the fatwa

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie inspired riots in England and book burnings in India; death threats, murders and a fatwa; and ultimately, a devastating physical attack on Salman Rushdie in 2022. 
4/27/202424 minutes, 2 seconds
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Andrew O'Hagan's biggest novel yet

Scottish author Andrew O'Hagan explains why finishing his latest novel Caledonian Road was like "landing 65 planes on the tarmac"; plus a teaser for the first in our Banned Books series, starting in America.Scottish author Andrew O'Hagan's (Faber and Faber) latest book Caledonian Road is a big one in length and Dickensian scope. It's an exploration of life in London — a world of intellectuals and elites, Russian oligarchs and human traffickers, rappers, DJs, wellness assistants and those who seek to shake up the whole rotten system.
4/22/202433 minutes, 8 seconds
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Banned Books: The Hate U Give in America

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was inspired by the black lives matter movement and explores police brutality — so why is it being taken off library shelves in the US?Banned Books is a new series that looks at what's driving book bans worldwide.  The series begins in America where books about race and racism have become a lightning rod for censorship in public libraries and state schoolsGuests: Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give (original 2017 interview)Kasey Meehan, program director for Freedom to Read, PEN AmericaTracie D Hall, former executive director of the American Library AssociationMaxine Beneba Clarke, Australian memoirist, poet, children's book author. Her poem There's a Shelf in the Library is in her latest poetry collection It's the Sound of the Thing.
4/20/202424 minutes, 16 seconds
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Sunjeev Sahota, Vanessa Chan and Winnie Dunn bring us stories from home

Booker-shortlisted author Sunjeev Sahota argues that class is more important than identity, Vanessa Chan draws on her grandmother's stories of Japanese occupied Malaya and Winnie Dunn channels her own experience of growing up Tongan in Western Sydney.
4/15/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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André Aciman and Anjali Joseph on the joy of doing nothing

Known for his sumptuous novel Call Me By My Name, André Aciman's latest book also explores love and beauty in Italy. Plus, Indian author Anjali Joseph on the allure of Assam, India, which is known for its unique cultural heritage.
4/8/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Melissa Lucashenko on writing through flood, fire and pestilence

At Adelaide Writers' Week, Melissa Lucashenko explains how understanding that "all history is fiction" allowed her to write her historic novel Edenglassie.
3/31/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jane Smiley and Louise Milligan on stories they couldn't let go

Award winning Australian journalist Louise Milligan on her debut crime novel inspired by police and PTSD and Pulitzer Prize winning Jane Smiley on why she wants her books to be banned and her latest novel A Dangerous Business.
3/24/202454 minutes, 7 seconds
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Jonathan Lethem returns to Brooklyn

Bestselling American author Jonathan Lethem explains why he returned to Brooklyn in his fiction after 20 years. 
3/17/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Anne Enright on motherhood, Irish poets and famous parents

At Adelaide Writers' Week, Booker-winner Anne Enright speaks about the contradictions at the heart of families.
3/10/202454 minutes, 3 seconds
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RF Kuang and Nam Le on Yellowface, mums and minorities

RF Kuang speaks about her bestseller Yellowface and Nam Le, Australian author of The Boat, explains why his latest is a book of poetry.
3/3/202454 minutes, 5 seconds
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Jennifer Croft, Imbi Neeme and Mykaela Saunders on translation, chewing and the Tweed

Award-winning literary translator Jennifer Croft imagines what happens when translators get together in a primeval forest, Imbi Neeme's exploration of misophonia and Mykaela Saunders' love-hate relationship with Mad Max.
2/25/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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Jasper Fforde, Amy Brown and Leo Vardiashvili on surprises, fairytales and rickrolling

Jasper Fforde's sequel to Shades of Grey, Amy Brown introduces us to Miles Franklin's sister and Leo Vardiashvili's missing persons quest through the forests of Georgia.
2/18/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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Kristin Hannah, Jodi McAlister and Sharlene Allsopp on women, war and love

Bestselling American author Kristin Hannah digs into the little known stories of US nurses during the Vietnam War, Jodi McAlister's comic take on The Bachelor and Sharlene Allsopp reckons with Australia's history.
2/11/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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Hisham Matar and Ela Lee on the friendships that save you

Pulitzer Prize winning Libyan author Hisham Matar on friendship in political exile and British author Ela Lee on the power of friendship at times of personal crisis.
2/4/202454 minutes, 5 seconds
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Kiley Reid, Rachael Johns and Iain Ryan on money, love and corruption

Kiley Reid's follow up to Such a Fun Age in a campus novel that she says isn't a campus novel, Rachael Johns' love story about a woman called Bridget Jones and Iain Ryan's hardboiled take on Gold Coast corruption in the 1980s.
1/28/202454 minutes, 1 second
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Michael Cunningham and Madeleine Gray on romance and relationship breakdown

Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham's latest novel Day explores a bromance, Madeleine Gray on writing a funny "sad girl novel" and Jessica Zhan Mei Yu on Sylvia Plath and up-ending the coming of age story.
1/21/202454 minutes, 6 seconds
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Fakes and Frauds 05 | A big hoax — Wanda Koolmatrie and My Own Sweet Time

My Own Sweet Time was a memoir said to be written by Wanda Koolmatrie, a member of the Aboriginal stolen generations. But it was a hoax and this episode of Fakes and Frauds explores the long lasting impacts of the hoax particularly on Aboriginal Australian writers.
1/16/20240
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Pip Williams, Shankari Chandran and Josh Kemp on bookbinding, bushwalking and book awards

Pip Williams' follow up to her bestselling novel The Dictionary of Lost Words, Josh Kemp on how bushwalking helps his writing and the 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner, Shankari Chandran.
1/14/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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Fakes and Frauds 04 | Fake identity and Helen Demidenko's The Hand that Signed the Paper

The Helen Demidenko scandal tore the Australian literary community apart in the 1990s. This episode of Fakes and Frauds charts the rise and downfall of Helen Demidenko and the impacts on the book world.  
1/8/202440 minutes, 30 seconds
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John Boyne, Esther Freud, Louise Kennedy and the Irish voice

Is there such thing as an Irish voice in fiction? 
1/7/202454 minutes, 4 seconds
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Fakes and Frauds 03 | Fabrication and lies in Marlo Morgan's Mutant Message Down Under

Cannibalism, telepathy and celibacy are just some of the false claims about Australian Aboriginal people that Marlo Morgan made in her 1990s new age hit, Mutant Message Down Under, and this episode of Fakes and Frauds exposes the lies. 
1/2/202434 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ian McEwan's most personal novel, plus Booker winner Paul Lynch

Booker winner Ian McEwan explores his 1960s childhood in his latest novel and reigning Booker winner Paul Lynch on his unflinching dystopian novel set in Ireland.
12/31/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Fakes and Frauds 02 | Fact or fiction in Norma Khouri's Forbidden Love

Find out how to catch a con-artist in this episode of Fakes and Frauds that delves into the fake memoir Forbidden Love by Norma Khouri 20 years after the book was first published. 
12/26/202336 minutes, 34 seconds
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Pulitzer Prize winners Barbara Kingsolver and Hernán Diaz

The two winners of the 2023 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction are both about money but at opposite ends of the spectrum — Barbara Kingsolver's is about poverty while Hernán Diaz's is about astronomical wealth. 
12/24/202354 minutes, 3 seconds
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Fakes and Frauds 01 | Plagiarism scandal in The Dogs by John Hughes

Fakes and Frauds is a new series that unpacks famous Australian literary scandals. The first and most recent controversy was the discovery of plagiarism in the work of award winning Australian writer John Hughes. Find out how the plagiarism was uncovered and why it matters.
12/19/202332 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ego and creativity with Anna Funder and Paul Jennings

Australian writers Anna Funder and Paul Jennings on what it takes to be a writer.
12/17/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Naomi Alderman and Charlotte Wood on bunkers, billionaires and nuns

Naomi Alderman takes on tech giants and survivalists in a novel that imagines the end of the world, and an atheist joins a monastery in Charlotte Wood's meditative new book.
12/10/20234 minutes, 54 seconds
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Amanda Lohrey, Matthew Reilly and Katherine Brabon on the sacred, swimming and Einstein

Miles Franklin winner Amanda Lohrey asks where we find community in our secular world, Matthew Reilly's latest adventure and the restorative power of the pool with Katherine Brabon.
12/3/202354 minutes, 1 second
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Pod extra with the Booker Prize winner Paul Lynch

Paul Lynch is the 2023 Booker Prize winner for his novel Prophet Song. Prophet Song (Bloomsbury) is an unflinching dystopian novel set in Ireland where a populist government has taken control and becoming increasingly authoritarian. Activists are being disappeared and the main character Eilish Stack is trying to keep her family together. Paul Lynch spoke to the Book Show's Sarah L'Estrange about the writer's responsibility to truth and how to craft a novel that resembles myth. 
11/27/202319 minutes
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Richard Flanagan on the atomic bomb, HG Wells and a kiss

Booker winner Richard Flanagan on why writing his latest book Question 7 "felt like a strange dream". Also, the artist's muse in fiction and how a mistake led to Laura Jean McKay's latest book.   
11/26/202353 minutes, 56 seconds
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Tony Birch and Christos Tsiolkas on love, shame and dangerous dinner-parties

Two very different writers explore the dynamics of family and violence: Tony Birch in a 1960s working class, Catholic family and Christos Tsiolkas in middle-aged gay relationships.
11/19/202354 minutes, 3 seconds
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Booker Prize shortlist — mythical, profound and lyrical

In the lead up to the 2023 Booker Prize award, we dive into the six shortlisted novels and meet the authors.
11/12/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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"We don't come from nowhere" — Melissa Lucashenko on her historical novel Edenglassie

Brisbane is in the spotlight with Melissa Lucashenko exploring the early days of the colony in time for the city's bicentenary and debut novelist Melanie Saward's story of a troubled teen with an attraction to fire.
11/5/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Haunting Halloween fiction with Shehan Karunatilaka, Steve Toltz and many more

Things are getting spooky on The Book Show, as we explore ghostly fiction. Booker winner Shehan Karuantilika and Australian Steve Totlz will imagine the afterlife with their beyond-the-grave novels. Jennifer Mills, SJ Norman and Kevin Jared Hosein will tell you about the ghosts haunting their books, and Josh Kemp and Michelle Johnston will take you to the ghost towns that inspired their fiction.
10/29/202353 minutes, 45 seconds
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Between two worlds with Jesmyn Ward, Graham Akhurst and Anna McGahan

Three authors on the spirits and spirituality at the heart of their novels - award winning US author Jesmyn Ward's lyrical novel about slavery, Indigenous author Graham Akhurt's terrifying dog man in his debut novel, and Anna McGahan on her former membership of a Pentecostal church that informs her Vogel Literary Award winning book. 
10/22/202353 minutes, 56 seconds
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"It began with a crime" — Cassandra Clare's latest fantasy fiction

Bestselling fantasy author Cassandra Clare's draws on her Jewish background in her first novel for adults, Kareem Abdulrahman on translating Kurdish Iraqi author Bachtyar Ali and Mirandi Riwoe's jasmine drenched historical novel.
10/15/202354 minutes, 1 second
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Trent Dalton on homelessness, hope and the tyrannosaurus waltz

Trent Dalton's foray into Brisbane's underworld in his third novel, Leah Kaminsky's story of dolls and exile and Peter Polities on mothers and sons. 
10/8/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Avatars and the afterlife with Jeanette Winterson

Two writers imagine how technology will shape our future: Jeanette Winterson talks about how AI will give new meaning to ghost stories and Australian writer Kate Mildenhall imagines an algorithm to save the world.
10/1/202354 minutes, 5 seconds
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Sebastian Faulks and what makes us human

Sebastian Faulks on what makes us human, Emily Perkins takes on female rage and Jane Harrison digs into Australian history to bring us The Visitors. 
9/25/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Booker Prize winner: Margaret Atwood

It's Booker Prize season so The Book Show has gathered interviews with some of the most recent winners for you. Here's Margaret Atwood who won the prize for a second time in 2019, sharing the prize with Bernardine Evaristo for her novel The Testaments, a sequel to her popular The Handmaid's Tale.
9/18/202326 minutes, 17 seconds
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Booker Prize winner: Damon Galgut

It's Booker Prize season so The Book Show has gathered interviews with some of the most recent winners for you. Here's South African writer Damon Galgut who won the prize in 2021 for The Promise, a novel which explores recent South African history through the changing fortunes of a white family.
9/18/202325 minutes, 38 seconds
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Booker Prize winner: Shehan Karunatilaka

It's Booker Prize season so The Book Show has gathered interviews with some of the most recent winners for you. Here's Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka who won the prize in 2022 for his second novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, set during the Sri Lankan civil war with a ghost for a narrator. 
9/18/202324 minutes, 57 seconds
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Booker Prize winner: George Saunders

It's Booker Prize season so The Book Show has gathered interviews with some of the most recent winners for you. Here's American short story writer, essayist and novelist George Saunders who won in 2017 for his novel Lincoln in the Bardo, set in the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln's son is buried. 
9/18/202317 minutes, 50 seconds
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Booker Prize winner: Douglas Stuart

It's Booker Prize season so The Book Show has gathered interviews with some of the most recent winners for you. Here's Scottish author Douglas Stuart who won in 2020 for his devastating novel Shuggie Bain, set in the poverty stricken housing estates of 1980s Glasgow. 
9/18/202316 minutes, 15 seconds
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Booker Prize winner: Bernardine Evaristo

It's Booker Prize season so The Book Show has gathered interviews with some of the most recent winners for you. Here's Bernardine Evaristo who shared the prize with Margaret Atwood in 2019 for her novel Girl, Woman, Other.
9/18/202322 minutes, 38 seconds
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Feel good fiction

Literary fiction is good at the hard stuff – grief, pain and conflict - but what about the books that make you feel good? Authors Joan Silber, Toni Jordan and Andy Weir bring joy to The Book Show for ABC Arts Week, talking about the radical act of writing optimistic fiction. You'll also hear from Richard Ford, Douglas Stuart, Jennifer Down, Anita Heiss, Marlon James and Monica Ali.
9/18/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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"I think of my reader as a kind of cyborg" — Zadie Smith

Two historical novels with colonialism as their backdrop: one by the famous UK writer Zadie Smith and the other a debut novel by Fijian Australian author, Nilima Rao. And Molly Schmidt shares the story that was bubbling inside her since she was a teenager.
9/11/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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"We love the people we damage" — Anne Enright

Former Booker Prize winner Anne Enright says she's drawn to life's contradictions and in her latest The Wren, The Wren she explores the complicated, messy relationships at the heart of one family. Also, Marija Peričić on one man's love of a dead woman, and Laura Elizabeth Woollett's changing relationship with her hometown, Perth.
9/4/202354 minutes, 3 seconds
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Coming of age with Chris Womersley, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Zeynab Gamieldien

Chris Womersley exposes the dark side of suburbia in his sixth novel Ordinary Gods and Monsters, Maxine Beneba Clarke shares the joy of poetry for young readers and Zeynab Gamieldien explores the lives of members of a university Muslim Students' Association in her debut novel. 
8/28/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Kate Grenville and Kevin Jared Hosein resurrect ghosts of the past

Australian author Kate Grenville reflects on her lifetime of writing and how accepting failure Kate Grenville reflects on a lifetime of writing and how accepting failure has been key to her success, and Caribbean author Kevin Jared Hosein on his devastating novel Hungry Ghosts.
8/21/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Crime fiction queen Jane Harper on what she'll do next

Since 2016 Jane Harper has published five bestselling crime novels including The Dry and The Lost Man. Her latest novel Exiles sees a return of financial crimes investigator Aaron Falk but Jane says it will be the last time he has a starring role in her books. So what's next for Jane Harper?  
8/14/202353 minutes, 56 seconds
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Crime fiction queen Jane Harper on what she'll do next

Since 2016 Jane Harper has published five bestselling crime novels including The Dry and The Lost Man. Her latest novel Exiles sees a return of financial crimes investigator Aaron Falk but Jane says it will be the last time he has a starring role in her books. So what's next for Jane Harper?  
8/14/202353 minutes, 56 seconds
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Famous friends and talking organs with Ann Patchett and Tracy Sorensen

American author Ann Patchett believes contentment is a radical idea in today's busy world and in her latest novel Tom Lake reflects on the joy of stillness. Also when Tracy Sorensen's novel about cancer, The Vitals, was published Tracy was given the terrible news that her own cancer has re-emerged. She is now undergoing chemotherapy while spruiking her book.
8/7/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Famous friends and talking organs with Ann Patchett and Tracy Sorensen

American author Ann Patchett believes contentment is a radical idea in today's busy world and in her latest novel Tom Lake reflects on the joy of stillness. Also when Tracy Sorensen's novel about cancer, The Vitals, was published Tracy was given the terrible news that her own cancer has re-emerged. She is now undergoing chemotherapy while spruiking her book.
8/7/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Melancholy in the library with Patrick deWitt, Josh Kemp and Ali Cobby Eckermann

Stories of redemption and healing: Canadian author Patrick deWitt's latest novel The Librarianist is about a lonely, former librarian. Claire takes a walk in Perth bushland with WA author Josh Kemp to discuss his dark and feral novel and Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann on the healing power of nature.
7/31/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Melancholy in the library with Patrick deWitt, Josh Kemp and Ali Cobby Eckermann

Stories of redemption and healing: Canadian author Patrick deWitt's latest novel The Librarianist is about a lonely, former librarian. Claire takes a walk in Perth bushland with WA author Josh Kemp to discuss his dark and feral novel and Indigenous poet Ali Cobby Eckermann on the healing power of nature.
7/31/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Pod Extra with 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Shankari Chandran

Shankari Chandran has won this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award for her third novel Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, a Trojan horse of a novel that lures you in with the promise of a cosy read but is also about racism and trauma.
7/25/202315 minutes, 39 seconds
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Pod Extra with 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award winner Shankari Chandran

Shankari Chandran has won this year's Miles Franklin Literary Award for her third novel Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens, a Trojan horse of a novel that lures you in with the promise of a cosy read but is also about racism and trauma.
7/25/202325 minutes, 1 second
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Anna Funder and Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life

Anna Funder's fourth book Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life interrogates why George Orwell's wife, Eileen Blair has been written out of his biography. Also debut author Kerry Taylor and her sensitive portrayal of a North Queensland jockey who lived his life as a man while carrying a secret about his identity until his death in 1975.
7/24/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Anna Funder and Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life

Anna Funder's fourth book Wifedom: Mrs Orwell's Invisible Life interrogates why George Orwell's wife, Eileen Blair has been written out of his biography. Also debut author Kerry Taylor and her sensitive portrayal of a North Queensland jockey who lived his life as a man while carrying a secret about his identity until his death in 1975.
7/24/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Richard Ford says goodbye to his creation Frank Bascombe

American author Richard Ford says, "I write for the audience today" and not for immortality. Now 79, and with Be Mine, his fifth Frank Bascombe novel, Ford also shares his ideas about death and dying and why he's not scared. Also, New Zealand author Stephanie Johnson on her novel Kind featuring villainous and duplicitous characters.
7/17/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Richard Ford says goodbye to his creation Frank Bascombe

American author Richard Ford says, "I write for the audience today" and not for immortality. Now 79, and with Be Mine, his fifth Frank Bascombe novel, Ford also shares his ideas about death and dying and why he's not scared. Also, New Zealand author Stephanie Johnson on her novel Kind featuring villainous and duplicitous characters.
7/17/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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'Model minority' myth-busting with Tracey Lien and Nina Wan

Tracey Lien watched Judge Judy as a child and Nina Wan learnt English at 10 when she migrated from China to Australia. Now they have both published entertaining and moving debut novels: All That's Left Unsaid and The Albatross. 
7/10/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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'Model minority' myth-busting with Tracey Lien and Nina Wan

Tracey Lien watched Judge Judy as a child and Nina Wan learnt English at 10 when she migrated from China to Australia. Now they have both published entertaining and moving debut novels: All That's Left Unsaid and The Albatross. 
7/10/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Writer to writer with Larissa Behrendt, Anita Heiss and Ellen van Neerven

Indigenous writer, lawyer and filmmaker Larissa Behrendt speaks to writers Anita Heiss and Ellen van Neerven about the past and the future of First Nations writing in Australia.
7/3/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Writer to writer with Larissa Behrendt, Anita Heiss and Ellen van Neerven

Indigenous writer, lawyer and filmmaker Larissa Behrendt speaks to writers Anita Heiss and Ellen van Neerven about the past and the future of First Nations writing in Australia.
7/3/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2023: pod extra interview special

Interviews with all six shortlisted authors for the 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award from RN's The Bookshelf and Book Show (in alphabetical order). The shortlist was announced on 20 June; the winner will be announced on 25 July.
6/29/20230
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Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2023: pod extra interview special

Interviews with all six shortlisted authors for the 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award from RN's The Bookshelf and Book Show (in alphabetical order). The shortlist was announced on 20 June; the winner will be announced on 25 July.
6/29/20230
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Booker winners Shehan Karunatilaka and Damon Galgut

A double bill of Booker Prize winners with reigning champion Shehan Karunatilaka and previous winner Damon Galgut. 
6/26/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Booker winners Shehan Karunatilaka and Damon Galgut

A double bill of Booker Prize winners with reigning champion Shehan Karunatilaka and previous winner Damon Galgut. 
6/26/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Lisa See's portrait of female friendship in Ming dynasty China

American author Lisa See's Lady Tan's Circle of Women set during the Chinese Ming dynasty, Robert Gott's comedy of manners, Saman Shad's contribution to the rom-com and a tour of Mark Brandi's writing space. 
6/19/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Lisa See's portrait of female friendship in Ming dynasty China

American author Lisa See's Lady Tan's Circle of Women set during the Chinese Ming dynasty, Robert Gott's comedy of manners, Saman Shad's contribution to the rom-com and a tour of Mark Brandi's writing space. 
6/19/202354 minutes, 7 seconds
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Home, art and love with Kate Morton, Stephanie Bishop and Zoya Patel

Bestselling Australian author Kate Morton's personal story of home and her latest novel Homecoming, Stephanie Bishop's psycho thriller The Anniversary and Zoya Patel's story of a migrant family torn apart by a romantic relationship which took inspiration from her own, difficult experience. 
6/12/202353 minutes, 59 seconds
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Home, art and love with Kate Morton, Stephanie Bishop and Zoya Patel

Bestselling Australian author Kate Morton's personal story of home and her latest novel Homecoming, Stephanie Bishop's psycho thriller The Anniversary and Zoya Patel's story of a migrant family torn apart by a romantic relationship which took inspiration from her own, difficult experience. 
6/12/202353 minutes, 59 seconds
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Max Porter and Barbara Kingsolver's lost boys

Pulitzer Prize winner Barbara Kingsolver and British author Max Porter turn their attention to lost boys failed by society.
6/5/202355 minutes, 3 seconds
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Max Porter and Barbara Kingsolver's lost boys

Pulitzer Prize winner Barbara Kingsolver and British author Max Porter turn their attention to lost boys failed by society.
6/5/202355 minutes, 3 seconds
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Don Winslow, plus Fakes and Frauds #5 Wanda Koolmatrie hoax

My Own Sweet Time was a memoir said to be written by Wanda Koolmatrie, a member of the Aboriginal stolen generation. But it was a hoax and this final episode of Fakes and Frauds explores its long lasting impacts. Plus, American author Don Winslow explains why he's stepping away from writing fiction. 
5/29/20232 minutes, 6 seconds
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Don Winslow, plus Fakes and Frauds #5 Wanda Koolmatrie hoax

My Own Sweet Time was a memoir said to be written by Wanda Koolmatrie, a member of the Aboriginal stolen generation. But it was a hoax and this final episode of Fakes and Frauds explores its long lasting impacts. Plus, American author Don Winslow explains why he's stepping away from writing fiction. 
5/29/20232 minutes, 6 seconds
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Trees in fiction with Richard Powers, Hannah Kent, Elif Shafak and more

Richard Powers, Hannah Kent, Elif Shafak and Michael Christie all use trees in their fiction to touch on themes of roots and connections, growth and rebirth, the family tree. But as our climate changes, is the way novelists use trees also changing to make the natural world the star of the story? 
5/22/202353 minutes, 52 seconds
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Trees in fiction with Richard Powers, Hannah Kent, Elif Shafak and more

Richard Powers, Hannah Kent, Elif Shafak and Michael Christie all use trees in their fiction to touch on themes of roots and connections, growth and rebirth, the family tree. But as our climate changes, is the way novelists use trees also changing to make the natural world the star of the story? 
5/22/202353 minutes, 52 seconds
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Fakes and Frauds #4 Helen Demidenko, plus Shirley Le

The latest episode in our Fakes and Frauds series is about the biggest recent book scandal of all, the Helen Demidenko affair. Also Shirley Le discusses her debut Funny Ethnics.
5/15/202359 seconds
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Fakes and Frauds #4 Helen Demidenko, plus Shirley Le

The latest episode in our Fakes and Frauds series is about the biggest recent book scandal of all, the Helen Demidenko affair. Also Shirley Le discusses her debut Funny Ethnics.
5/15/202359 seconds
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Eleanor Catton, plus Fakes and Frauds #3 Mutant Message Down Under

Cannibalism, telepathy and celibacy are just some of the false claims Marlo Morgan made in her 1990s new age hit, Mutant Message Down Under, meet the Indigenous activists who campaigned against the book in the latest episode of Fakes and Frauds. And Eleanor Catton on her Macbeth inspired satire, Birnam Wood. 
5/8/20232 minutes, 52 seconds
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Eleanor Catton, plus Fakes and Frauds #3 Mutant Message Down Under

Cannibalism, telepathy and celibacy are just some of the false claims Marlo Morgan made in her 1990s new age hit, Mutant Message Down Under, meet the Indigenous activists who campaigned against the book in the latest episode of Fakes and Frauds. And Eleanor Catton on her Macbeth inspired satire, Birnam Wood. 
5/8/20232 minutes, 52 seconds
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Curtis Sittenfeld, plus Fakes and Frauds #2 Norma Khouri

Find out how to catch a con-artist in this episode of Fakes and Frauds that delves into the fake memoir of Norma Khouri. And American author Curtis Sittenfeld on the Saturday Night Live inspiration for her latest novel, Romantic Comedy.
5/1/202337 seconds
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Curtis Sittenfeld, plus Fakes and Frauds #2 Norma Khouri

Find out how to catch a con-artist in this episode of Fakes and Frauds that delves into the fake memoir of Norma Khouri. And American author Curtis Sittenfeld on the Saturday Night Live inspiration for her latest novel, Romantic Comedy.
5/1/202337 seconds
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Alexis Wright and plagiarism in The Dogs

Find out how to catch a plagiarist in the first of our series Fakes and Frauds - the book scandals that rocked Australia. And Australian prize winning author, Alexis Wright on her new novel Praiseworthy, an epic Aboriginal fable. 
4/24/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Alexis Wright, plus Fakes and Frauds #1 The Dogs by John Hughes

Find out how to catch a plagiarist in the first of our series Fakes and Frauds - the book scandals that rocked Australia. And Australian prize winning author, Alexis Wright on her new novel Praiseworthy, an epic Aboriginal fable. 
4/24/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Mothers on the page with Larissa Behrendt, Alice Pung and Chloe Hooper

Australian authors Chloe Hooper, Alice Pung and Larissa Behrendt reveal the complex and complicated mums in their lives and on the page.
4/17/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Mothers on the page with Larissa Behrendt, Alice Pung and Chloe Hooper

Australian authors Chloe Hooper, Alice Pung and Larissa Behrendt reveal the complex and complicated mums in their lives and on the page.
4/17/202354 minutes, 4 seconds
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Lessons in life, mortality and love from Julian Barnes

British Booker winner Julian Barnes's latest novel, Elizabeth Finch, is about a life-changing teacher and he tells the audience at the Sydney Writers Festival that "you become a writer by not being the child of a writer".
4/10/202354 minutes, 3 seconds
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Lessons in life, mortality and love from Julian Barnes

British Booker winner Julian Barnes's latest novel, Elizabeth Finch, is about a life-changing teacher and he tells the audience at the Sydney Writers Festival that "you become a writer by not being the child of a writer".
4/10/202354 minutes, 3 seconds
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Bookbinding and ghost towns with Pip Williams and Dominic Smith

The smell of books and Italian cooking are celebrated in the latest novels by bestselling Australian authors Pip Williams and Dominic Smith. Pip Williams' follow up to The Dictionary of Lost Words revisits Oxford as the setting for her wartime drama, The Bookbinder of Jericho. And Dominic Smith's Return to Valetto explores the people who choose to stay in crumbling Italian ghost towns.
4/3/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bookbinding and ghost towns with Pip Williams and Dominic Smith

The smell of books and Italian cooking are celebrated in the latest novels by bestselling Australian authors Pip Williams and Dominic Smith. Pip Williams' follow up to The Dictionary of Lost Words revisits Oxford as the setting for her wartime drama, The Bookbinder of Jericho. And Dominic Smith's Return to Valetto explores the people who choose to stay in crumbling Italian ghost towns.
4/3/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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‘I didn’t know I had anger in me’ – Anindita Ghose kills off the patriarch

Indian author Anindita Ghose on life after Vogue, her friendship with Jonathan Franzen, and the joy of killing the patriarch on page one.
3/26/20230
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‘I didn’t know I had anger in me’ – Anindita Ghose kills off the patriarch

Indian author Anindita Ghose on life after Vogue, her friendship with Jonathan Franzen, and the joy of killing the patriarch on page one.
3/26/20230
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John Boyne, Esther Freud, Louise Kennedy and the Irish voice

Irish writers John Boyne, Esther Freud and Louise Kennedy share stories of the pub, the role of the church and whether there's such a thing as an Irish voice. 
3/19/20230
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John Boyne, Esther Freud, Louise Kennedy and the Irish voice

Irish writers John Boyne, Esther Freud and Louise Kennedy share stories of the pub, the role of the church and whether there's such a thing as an Irish voice. 
3/19/20230
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Margaret Atwood on witches, cats and a lifetime of writing

Literary titan, Margaret Atwood on the death of her beloved husband, the influence of George Orwell and the pleasures of ageing. Her latest book is a collection of short stories, Old Babes in the Wood. Also, another Canadian writer Jessica Johns on her debut, Bad Cree.
3/12/20230
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Margaret Atwood on witches, cats and a lifetime of writing

Literary titan, Margaret Atwood on the death of her beloved husband, the influence of George Orwell and the pleasures of ageing. Her latest book is a collection of short stories, Old Babes in the Wood. Also, another Canadian writer Jessica Johns on her debut, Bad Cree.
3/12/20230
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Grief, plague and Star Trek with Sequoia Nagamatsu

American writer Sequoia Nagamatsu shares stories from his childhood growing up in Hawaii, his love of Star Trek, how environmentalism fuels his writing and how being Japanese American has shaped him. His debut novel is How High We Go in the Dark and he was a guest of the Perth Festival Writers Weekend.
3/5/20230
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Grief, plague and Star Trek with Sequoia Nagamatsu

American writer Sequoia Nagamatsu shares stories from his childhood growing up in Hawaii, his love of Star Trek, how environmentalism fuels his writing and how being Japanese American has shaped him. His debut novel is How High We Go in the Dark and he was a guest of the Perth Festival Writers Weekend.
3/5/20230
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Dragons, literary acrobatics and a house called Shirley with Samantha Shannon, Cate Kennedy and Ronnie Scott

 Bestselling British author Samantha Shannon celebrates women, love and desire in her latest fantasy novel, A Day of Fallen Night, Cate Kennedy takes a deep dive into the short story and Ronnie Scott on why he persisted with his second novel Shirley.
2/26/20230
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Dragons, literary acrobatics and a house called Shirley with Samantha Shannon, Cate Kennedy and Ronnie Scott

 Bestselling British author Samantha Shannon celebrates women, love and desire in her latest fantasy novel, A Day of Fallen Night, Cate Kennedy takes a deep dive into the short story and Ronnie Scott on why he persisted with his second novel Shirley.
2/26/20230
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Love, lust and ghosts: celebrating queer fiction

For Sydney WorldPride, we celebrate queer writers telling queer stories – the funny, the heartbreaking and the spooky. We’ve searched The Book Show archive to bring you highlights from Andrew Sean Greer, Val McDermid, Alan Hollinghurst, Jennifer Mills, S.J Norman, S.L Lim and Holden Sheppard.
2/19/20230
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Love, lust and ghosts: celebrating queer fiction

For Sydney WorldPride, we celebrate queer writers telling queer stories – the funny, the heartbreaking and the spooky. We’ve searched The Book Show archive to bring you highlights from Andrew Sean Greer, Val McDermid, Alan Hollinghurst, Jennifer Mills, S.J Norman, S.L Lim and Holden Sheppard.
2/19/20230
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Ballet, bodies and grief with Meg Howrey, Inga Simpson and Dinuka McKenzie

A trio of books by women about bodies, ballet, grief and working mothers. Meg Howrey on They're Going to Love You, Inga Simpson on Kath O'Connor's posthumous debut novel Inheritance, and Dinuka McKenzie on the physical pain of being a breastfeeding mother returning to the police force. 
2/12/20230
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Ballet, bodies and grief with Meg Howrey, Inga Simpson and Dinuka McKenzie

A trio of books by women about bodies, ballet, grief and working mothers. Meg Howrey on They're Going to Love You, Inga Simpson on Kath O'Connor's posthumous debut novel Inheritance, and Dinuka McKenzie on the physical pain of being a breastfeeding mother returning to the police force. 
2/12/20230
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Parties, miracles and Pop Tarts with Deepti Kapoor, Michelle Johnston and Kevin Wilson

Indian writer Deepti Kapoor takes on corruption, wealth and poverty in India in her novel The Age of Vice, Michelle Johnston takes you deep in to the basement of the Perth hospital where she works and writes and American author Kevin Wilson's "book for prudish teens", Now is Not the Time to Panic.
2/5/20230
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Parties, miracles and Pop Tarts with Deepti Kapoor, Michelle Johnston and Kevin Wilson

Indian writer Deepti Kapoor takes on corruption, wealth and poverty in India in her novel The Age of Vice, Michelle Johnston takes you deep in to the basement of the Perth hospital where she works and writes and American author Kevin Wilson's "book for prudish teens", Now is Not the Time to Panic.
2/5/20230
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Small-town murder with Julie Janson and Stuart MacBride

Two very different crime fiction writers, Australian Indigenous author Julie Janson and Scottish writer Stuart MacBride imagine grisly scenarios in their books Madukka: The River Serpent and The Dead of Winter. Also Briony Stewart's re-imagining of Frente's 90s hit song Accidentally Kelly Street as a children's book. 
1/29/20230
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Small-town murder with Julie Janson and Stuart MacBride

Two very different crime fiction writers, Australian Indigenous author Julie Janson and Scottish writer Stuart MacBride imagine grisly scenarios in their books Madukka: The River Serpent and The Dead of Winter. Also Briony Stewart's re-imagining of Frente's 90s hit song Accidentally Kelly Street as a children's book. 
1/29/20230
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Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Jennings come to terms with fame and ego

Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Jennings have been very successful writers for 40 years and although they're very different writers - Bret Easton Ellis is best known for American Psycho and Paul Jennings for his children's books - they both discuss how they've navigated the benefits and pitfalls of fame.
1/22/20230
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Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Jennings come to terms with fame and ego

Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Jennings have been very successful writers for 40 years and although they're very different writers - Bret Easton Ellis is best known for American Psycho and Paul Jennings for his children's books - they both discuss how they've navigated the benefits and pitfalls of fame.
1/22/20230
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Tim Winton on a life of accidents, successes, and the business of 'useless beauty'

It's been 40 years since Tim Winton published his first novel, An Open Swimmer. Today he is the beloved writer of 29 books, a four-time Miles Franklin winner (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and an incomparable observer of the Western Australian landscape. For the Big Weekend of Books, he joined The Book Show's Claire Nichols and a live audience at the ABC studios in Perth.
1/15/20230
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Tim Winton on a life of accidents, successes, and the business of 'useless beauty'

It's been 40 years since Tim Winton published his first novel, An Open Swimmer. Today he is the beloved writer of 29 books, a four-time Miles Franklin winner (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and an incomparable observer of the Western Australian landscape. For the Big Weekend of Books, he joined The Book Show's Claire Nichols and a live audience at the ABC studios in Perth.
1/15/20230
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Surprise and success with Marlon James and Meg Mason

Marlon James' African Game of Thrones, Markus Zusak gets your fanmail and Meg Mason's surprise success with Sorrow and Bliss.
1/8/20230
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Surprise and success with Marlon James and Meg Mason

Marlon James' African Game of Thrones, Markus Zusak gets your fanmail and Meg Mason's surprise success with Sorrow and Bliss.
1/8/20230
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Queer stories with Douglas Stuart, Indyana Schneider and Omar Sakr

Booker winner Douglas Stuart, Indyana Schneider and Omar Sakr explore queer love and identity in their fiction.
1/1/20230
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Queer stories with Douglas Stuart, Indyana Schneider and Omar Sakr

Booker winner Douglas Stuart, Indyana Schneider and Omar Sakr explore queer love and identity in their fiction.
1/1/20230
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Craig Silvey, Tony Birch and Dervla McTiernan's joy of reading

Writers (and bookworms) Craig Silvey, Tony Birch, and Dervla McTiernan talk about their reading lives, in this special episode recorded at the Perth Festival Writers Weekend.
12/25/20220
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Craig Silvey, Tony Birch and Dervla McTiernan's joy of reading

Writers (and bookworms) Craig Silvey, Tony Birch, and Dervla McTiernan talk about their reading lives, in this special episode recorded at the Perth Festival Writers Weekend.
12/25/20220
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Prize winners Ruth Ozeki, Shehan Karunatilaka and Jennifer Down

Ruth Ozeki, Shehan Karunatilaka and Jennifer Down share the backstory to their award winning books.
12/18/20220
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Prize winners Ruth Ozeki, Shehan Karunatilaka and Jennifer Down

Ruth Ozeki, Shehan Karunatilaka and Jennifer Down share the backstory to their award winning books.
12/18/20220
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"Hardest thing I've ever written" — Heather Rose shares tales from her extraordinary life

Australian novelist Heather Rose lost her brother in a tragic accident when she was just 12 years old. In her memoir Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here, she shares how her grief and curiosity led her on a lifelong search for the extraordinary. Also, Wiradjuri activist-turned-author Yvonne Weldon on her love story Sixty-Seven Days and Thomas Keneally tackles a tricky subject in his historic novel Fanatic Heart.
12/11/20220
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"Hardest thing I've ever written" — Heather Rose shares tales from her extraordinary life

Australian novelist Heather Rose lost her brother in a tragic accident when she was just 12 years old. In her memoir Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here, she shares how her grief and curiosity led her on a lifelong search for the extraordinary. Also, Wiradjuri activist-turned-author Yvonne Weldon on her love story Sixty-Seven Days and Thomas Keneally tackles a tricky subject in his historic novel Fanatic Heart.
12/11/20220
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Superheroes and fun with NK Jemisin, Bonnie Garmus and Katharine Pollock

City-saving superheroes, cheese-bingeing record store employees and a chemist turned TV chef with NK Jemisin, Katharine Pollock and Bonnie Garmus.
12/4/20220
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Superheroes and fun with NK Jemisin, Bonnie Garmus and Katharine Pollock

City-saving superheroes, cheese-bingeing record store employees and a chemist turned TV chef with NK Jemisin, Katharine Pollock and Bonnie Garmus.
12/4/20220
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"It's addictive" — George Saunders on short stories

Booker winner George Saunders on his short story addiction, Inga Simpson on the great Australian cricket novel and pandemic fiction for kids.
11/27/20220
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"It's addictive" — George Saunders on short stories

Booker winner George Saunders on his short story addiction, Inga Simpson on the great Australian cricket novel and pandemic fiction for kids.
11/27/20220
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Ageing and autopsies with Alex Miller and Patricia Cornwell

Alex Miller and Patricia Cornwell talk about ageing and fiction and their novels A Brief Affair and Livid, and we explore the line between fact and fiction with historical novelists Jock Serong, Eleanor Limprecht and Sienna Brown.
11/20/20220
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Ageing and autopsies with Alex Miller and Patricia Cornwell

Alex Miller and Patricia Cornwell talk about ageing and fiction and their novels A Brief Affair and Livid, and we explore the line between fact and fiction with historical novelists Jock Serong, Eleanor Limprecht and Sienna Brown.
11/20/20220
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Paterson Joseph, Orhan Pamuk and Fiona McFarlane dig up the past

Actor Joseph Paterson shines a spotlight on Black British history, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk's Ottoman Empire saga and Australian Fiona McFarlane goes in search of a lost boy in 1883.
11/13/20220
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Paterson Joseph, Orhan Pamuk and Fiona McFarlane dig up the past

Actor Joseph Paterson shines a spotlight on Black British history, Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk's Ottoman Empire saga and Australian Fiona McFarlane goes in search of a lost boy in 1883.
11/13/20220
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Graham Norton and the power of the Irish mammy

Graham Norton, Diana Reid and Holly Throsby discuss why they enjoy writing about women in fiction. Graham Norton's fourth novel Forever Home is about a woman saying a slow goodbye to her partner (and wondering about a weird smell in the basement). Diana Reid's second novel Seeing Other People unapologetically explores the anxieties of young, educated women in Sydney and musician Holly Throsby's novel Clarke is partly inspired by the case of Lynette Dawson, who famously went missing from her family home in the 1980s.
11/6/20220
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Graham Norton and the power of the Irish mammy

Graham Norton, Diana Reid and Holly Throsby discuss why they enjoy writing about women in fiction. Graham Norton's fourth novel Forever Home is about a woman saying a slow goodbye to her partner (and wondering about a weird smell in the basement). Diana Reid's second novel Seeing Other People unapologetically explores the anxieties of young, educated women in Sydney and musician Holly Throsby's novel Clarke is partly inspired by the case of Lynette Dawson, who famously went missing from her family home in the 1980s.
11/6/20220
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Why Ian Rankin keeps returning to Rebus

Ian Rankin's detective John Rebus has been part of the literary world for 35 years and now his 24th Rebus novel has just landed, A Heart Full of Headstones. Discover the hard centre of Victoria Hannan's new novel Marshmallow and find out what an ear prostitute is with Singaporean writer Clarissa Goenawan's Watersong.
10/30/20220
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Why Ian Rankin keeps returning to Rebus

Ian Rankin's detective John Rebus has been part of the literary world for 35 years and now his 24th Rebus novel has just landed, A Heart Full of Headstones. Discover the hard centre of Victoria Hannan's new novel Marshmallow and find out what an ear prostitute is with Singaporean writer Clarissa Goenawan's Watersong.
10/30/20220
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Barbara Kingsolver finds the hillbilly in Charles Dickens

Barbara Kingsolver explains her connection to Charles Dickens and why her latest Demon Copperhead is set in Appalachia, USA. Sophie Cunningham's almost 20 year grapple with her latest book This Devastating Fever and apples, orchards and rabbits in Tasmanian author Robbie Arnott's third novel, Limberlost.
10/23/20220
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Barbara Kingsolver finds the hillbilly in Charles Dickens

Barbara Kingsolver explains her connection to Charles Dickens and why her latest Demon Copperhead is set in Appalachia, USA. Sophie Cunningham's almost 20 year grapple with her latest book This Devastating Fever and apples, orchards and rabbits in Tasmanian author Robbie Arnott's third novel, Limberlost.
10/23/20220
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Pod extra with the Booker Prize winner Shehan Karunatilaka

Shehan Karunatilaka is the winner of the 2022 Booker Prize for his book The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. He spoke to The Book Show about setting the novel during the Sri Lankan Civil War and the importance of bearing witness to its horrors. 
10/18/202217 minutes, 4 seconds
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Pod extra with the Booker Prize winner Shehan Karunatilaka

Shehan Karunatilaka is the winner of the 2022 Booker Prize for his book The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. He spoke to The Book Show about setting the novel during the Sri Lankan Civil War and the importance of bearing witness to its horrors. 
10/18/202217 minutes, 4 seconds
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Beginnings and endings with Holly Ringland, Elizabeth Strout and Jane Harper

Three literary superstars share the inspiration for their books and how to give a character a good ending: Holly Ringland, Elizabeth Strout and Jane Harper. They discuss their books The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding, Oh William! and Exiles.
10/16/20220
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Beginnings and endings with Holly Ringland, Elizabeth Strout and Jane Harper

Three literary superstars share the inspiration for their books and how to give a character a good ending: Holly Ringland, Elizabeth Strout and Jane Harper. They discuss their books The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding, Oh William! and Exiles.
10/16/20220
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Kamila Shamsie and NoViolet Bulawayo on the rise and fall of dictators

Former winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction Kamila Shamsie and Booker Prize-shortlisted author NoViolet Bulawayo reflect on the demise of dictators in their respective countries Pakistan and Zimbabwe and the impact this has had on their lives. Shamsie's new novel is Best of Friends, while Bulawayo has been shortlisted for her book Glory. Also, Australian author Chris Womersley revisits 90s haunts in inner city Melbourne for his gritty novel The Diplomat.
10/9/20220
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Kamila Shamsie and NoViolet Bulawayo on the rise and fall of dictators

Former winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction Kamila Shamsie and Booker Prize-shortlisted author NoViolet Bulawayo reflect on the demise of dictators in their respective countries Pakistan and Zimbabwe and the impact this has had on their lives. Shamsie's new novel is Best of Friends, while Bulawayo has been shortlisted for her book Glory. Also, Australian author Chris Womersley revisits 90s haunts in inner city Melbourne for his gritty novel The Diplomat.
10/9/20220
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Andrew Sean Greer and Craig Silvey share the joy

Finding joy in fiction with Pulitzer winner Andrew Sean Greer whose lovable character Arthur Less returns in Less is Lost and Craig Silvey's Runt, a book for children and adults young at heart. And the joy of being on the Booker Prize shortlist with Shehan Karunatilaka whose satire The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is set in 1989 during the Sri Lankan Civil War.
10/2/20220
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Andrew Sean Greer and Craig Silvey share the joy

Finding joy in fiction with Pulitzer winner Andrew Sean Greer whose lovable character Arthur Less returns in Less is Lost and Craig Silvey's Runt, a book for children and adults young at heart. And the joy of being on the Booker Prize shortlist with Shehan Karunatilaka whose satire The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is set in 1989 during the Sri Lankan Civil War.
10/2/20220
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AM Homes plots an American revolution

Can a book predict the future? AM Homes' latest novel The Unfolding follows a group of Republicans who plot to take over the government, but Homes says it was written well before the January 6th Capitol riots. Meanwhile, the oldest-ever Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Alan Garner evokes an enigmatic and mysterious world in his book Treacle Walker, and Tracey Lien's impressive debut All That's Left Unsaid explores the death of star student in Cabramatta's Vietnamese community.
9/25/20220
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AM Homes plots an American revolution

Can a book predict the future? AM Homes' latest novel The Unfolding follows a group of Republicans who plot to take over the government, but Homes says it was written well before the January 6th Capitol riots. Meanwhile, the oldest-ever Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Alan Garner evokes an enigmatic and mysterious world in his book Treacle Walker, and Tracey Lien's impressive debut All That's Left Unsaid explores the death of star student in Cabramatta's Vietnamese community.
9/25/20220
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Booker magic with Ian McEwan, Percival Everett and Jay Carmichael

Shortlisted Booker author Percival Everett kicks off our Booker Prize coverage with a discussion of The Trees and former Booker winner Ian McEwan reveals that his latest novel, Lessons, is his most personal work and certainly his longest.  Also, Jay Carmichael explains how he went beyond the archive for his second novel, Marlo, on gay relationships in 1950s Australia.
9/18/20220
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Booker magic with Ian McEwan, Percival Everett and Jay Carmichael

Shortlisted Booker author Percival Everett kicks off our Booker Prize coverage with a discussion of The Trees and former Booker winner Ian McEwan reveals that his latest novel, Lessons, is his most personal work and certainly his longest.  Also, Jay Carmichael explains how he went beyond the archive for his second novel, Marlo, on gay relationships in 1950s Australia.
9/18/20220
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Historical resurrection with Maggie O'Farrell, Robert Drewe and Zaheda Ghani

Maggie O'Farrell says her latest novel The Marriage Portrait came to her in "a lightning bolt moment". The book honours the short life of the 16th century Duchess Lucrezia di Cosimo de' Medici, who was rumoured to be murdered by her husband. Also, Australian author Robert Drewe's resurrection of the sporting hero you've never heard of in Nimblefoot and Zaheda Ghani's debut Pomegranate and Fig, a book that's been in her mind since childhood.
9/11/20220
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Historical resurrection with Maggie O'Farrell, Robert Drewe and Zaheda Ghani

Maggie O'Farrell says her latest novel The Marriage Portrait came to her in "a lightning bolt moment". The book honours the short life of the 16th century Duchess Lucrezia di Cosimo de' Medici, who was rumoured to be murdered by her husband. Also, Australian author Robert Drewe's resurrection of the sporting hero you've never heard of in Nimblefoot and Zaheda Ghani's debut Pomegranate and Fig, a book that's been in her mind since childhood.
9/11/20220
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Sloane Crosley's Cult Classic a rom-com with a twist

American humourist Sloane Crosley explores the dating scene in New York City, but with a twist, in her novel Cult Classic. Also, Neela Janakiramanan takes a break from her hospital rounds to tell you about her Australian medical drama The Registrar and Siang Lu takes on kung fu, comedy, and the history of cinema in The Whitewash.
9/4/20220
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Sloane Crosley's Cult Classic a rom-com with a twist

American humourist Sloane Crosley explores the dating scene in New York City, but with a twist, in her novel Cult Classic. Also, Neela Janakiramanan takes a break from her hospital rounds to tell you about her Australian medical drama The Registrar and Siang Lu takes on kung fu, comedy, and the history of cinema in The Whitewash.
9/4/20220
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Hannah Gadsby on comedy, self-awareness and living an authentic life — bonus episode

From growing up surrounded by homophobia in a small Tasmanian town to getting married in 2021, award winning comedian and now writer Hannah Gadsby shares what it is like to be queer, autistic and at the top of her game.
8/31/202224 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hannah Gadsby on comedy, self-awareness and living an authentic life — bonus episode

From growing up surrounded by homophobia in a small Tasmanian town to getting married in 2021, award winning comedian and now writer Hannah Gadsby shares what it is like to be queer, autistic and at the top of her game.
8/31/202224 minutes, 21 seconds
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Star Wars, monks and puffins — Emma Donoghue on Haven

Author of Room, Emma Donoghue questions the zealotry of monks in her latest novel, Haven, set on an inhospitable island in 7th century Ireland (Star Wars fans will recognise this island too!). Also, Pirooz Jafari on his gentle novel, Forty Nights, about war and displacement, and Grace Chan imagines a future dominated by virtual reality in Every Version of You.
8/28/20220
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Star Wars, monks and puffins — Emma Donoghue on Haven

Author of Room, Emma Donoghue questions the zealotry of monks in her latest novel, Haven, set on an inhospitable island in 7th century Ireland (Star Wars fans will recognise this island too!). Also, Pirooz Jafari on his gentle novel, Forty Nights, about war and displacement, and Grace Chan imagines a future dominated by virtual reality in Every Version of You.
8/28/20220
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Tim Winton on a life of accidents, successes, and the business of 'useless beauty' — bonus episode

It's been 40 years since Tim Winton published his first novel, An Open Swimmer. Today he is the beloved writer of 29 books, a four-time Miles Franklin winner (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and an incomparable observer of the Western Australian landscape. For the Big Weekend of Books, he joined The Book Show's Claire Nichols and a live audience at the ABC studios in Perth.
8/23/20220
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Tim Winton on a life of accidents, successes, and the business of 'useless beauty' — bonus episode

It's been 40 years since Tim Winton published his first novel, An Open Swimmer. Today he is the beloved writer of 29 books, a four-time Miles Franklin winner (for Shallows, Cloudstreet, Dirt Music and Breath) and an incomparable observer of the Western Australian landscape. For the Big Weekend of Books, he joined The Book Show's Claire Nichols and a live audience at the ABC studios in Perth.
8/23/20220
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Spirituality and writing with Ruth Ozeki and Ann Cleeves

Women's Prize for Fiction winner, Ruth Ozeki, is also a Zen Buddhist priest and explains how this practice shapes her writing. Also, British crime writer, Ann Cleeves sets her tenth Vera novel, The Rising Tide, on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne where Christianity first came to the UK.
8/21/20220
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Spirituality and writing with Ruth Ozeki and Ann Cleeves

Women's Prize for Fiction winner, Ruth Ozeki, is also a Zen Buddhist priest and explains how this practice shapes her writing. Also, British crime writer, Ann Cleeves sets her tenth Vera novel, The Rising Tide, on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne where Christianity first came to the UK.
8/21/20220
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Trees in fiction with Richard Powers, Hannah Kent, Elif Shafak and more

Richard Powers, Hannah Kent, Elif Shafak and Michael Christie all use trees in their fiction to touch on themes of roots and connections, growth and rebirth, the family tree. But as our climate changes, is the way novelists use trees also changing to make the natural world the star of the story? 
8/15/20220
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Trees in fiction with Richard Powers, Hannah Kent, Elif Shafak and more

Richard Powers, Hannah Kent, Elif Shafak and Michael Christie all use trees in their fiction to touch on themes of roots and connections, growth and rebirth, the family tree. But as our climate changes, is the way novelists use trees also changing to make the natural world the star of the story? 
8/15/20220
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Double trouble — crime fiction with Dervla McTiernan and Aoife Clifford

For ABC Arts Week, we celebrate literary events at your local bookstore with a couple of conversations with Irish Australian queens of crime. 
8/8/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Double trouble — crime fiction with Dervla McTiernan and Aoife Clifford

For ABC Arts Week, we celebrate literary events at your local bookstore with a couple of conversations with Irish Australian queens of crime. 
8/8/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Sibling rivalry and secrets with Liane Moriarty

Bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty, shares stories from her childhood and how growing up in a big family influenced the theme of sibling rivalry in her latest book, Apples Never Fall. This conversation was recorded at the Castlemaine Town Hall, Victoria, for a joint event between the Castlemaine State Festival and The Wheeler Centre.
8/1/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Sibling rivalry and secrets with Liane Moriarty

Bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty, shares stories from her childhood and how growing up in a big family influenced the theme of sibling rivalry in her latest book, Apples Never Fall. This conversation was recorded at the Castlemaine Town Hall, Victoria, for a joint event between the Castlemaine State Festival and The Wheeler Centre.
8/1/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Surprising journeys with Jessie Burton, Thomas Mayor and Sulari Gentill

Jessie Burton wasn't finished with the main characters in her bestselling debut novel The Miniaturist and returns to the 17th century Dutch setting for the sequel, The House of Fortune. Also, we visit Torres Strait Island writer and advocate for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Thomas Mayor, at his home in Darwin and Sulari Gentill explains the origins of her playful metafictional crime novel, The Woman in the Library.
7/25/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Surprising journeys with Jessie Burton, Thomas Mayor and Sulari Gentill

Jessie Burton wasn't finished with the main characters in her bestselling debut novel The Miniaturist and returns to the 17th century Dutch setting for the sequel, The House of Fortune. Also, we visit Torres Strait Island writer and advocate for the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Thomas Mayor, at his home in Darwin and Sulari Gentill explains the origins of her playful metafictional crime novel, The Woman in the Library.
7/25/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Meet the 2022 Miles Franklin Shortlist

Ahead of the announcement of the winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's most prestigious book prize, join the shortlisted authors Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Michelle De Kretser, Jennifer Down, Alice Pung and Michael Winkler to find out about their writing rituals, the importance of place in their fiction and how their novels speak to Australia now.
7/18/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Meet the 2022 Miles Franklin Shortlist

Ahead of the announcement of the winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia's most prestigious book prize, join the shortlisted authors Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Michelle De Kretser, Jennifer Down, Alice Pung and Michael Winkler to find out about their writing rituals, the importance of place in their fiction and how their novels speak to Australia now.
7/18/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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'I guess I'm a weirdo' — Benjamin Myers on crop circles and being a loner

British author Benjamin Myers says he likes to be on the margins as a writer and his latest novel, The Perfect Golden Circle, is about the crop circles that appeared in 1989 in the English countryside and explores the type of people who created them. Also Ceridwen Dovey and Eliza Bell explain their genre-bending book, Mothertongues and Noongar author, Claire G Coleman's mysterious and unsettling book, Enclave, set in a walled Australian city.
7/11/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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'I guess I'm a weirdo' — Benjamin Myers on crop circles and being a loner

British author Benjamin Myers says he likes to be on the margins as a writer and his latest novel, The Perfect Golden Circle, is about the crop circles that appeared in 1989 in the English countryside and explores the type of people who created them. Also Ceridwen Dovey and Eliza Bell explain their genre-bending book, Mothertongues and Noongar author, Claire G Coleman's mysterious and unsettling book, Enclave, set in a walled Australian city.
7/11/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Anita Heiss, Tony Birch and SJ Norman grapple with the past

For NAIDOC Week, three Aboriginal writers who are grappling with the past: Anita Heiss takes the 1852 Gundagai flood as the starting point for her novel Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray, Tony Birch explores his family history in Dark as Last Night and SJ Norman's, Permafrost, a collection of haunted short stories.
7/4/202253 minutes, 43 seconds
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Anita Heiss, Tony Birch and SJ Norman grapple with the past

For NAIDOC Week, three Aboriginal writers who are grappling with the past: Anita Heiss takes the 1852 Gundagai flood as the starting point for her novel Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray, Tony Birch explores his family history in Dark as Last Night and SJ Norman's, Permafrost, a collection of haunted short stories.
7/4/202253 minutes, 43 seconds
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'They're about real things' — Madeline Miller on the popularity of Greek myths

American author Madeline Miller has found a new audience for her prize winning novel Circe on #BookTok and now she has a new offering based on Greek mythology called Galatea. Also, Lauren Chater's real life inspiration for her third historical novel, The Winter Dress and Carrie Cox asks whether relationships are really meant to go the distance in her latest novel, So Many Beats of the Heart.
6/27/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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'They're about real things' — Madeline Miller on the popularity of Greek myths

American author Madeline Miller has found a new audience for her prize winning novel Circe on #BookTok and now she has a new offering based on Greek mythology called Galatea. Also, Lauren Chater's real life inspiration for her third historical novel, The Winter Dress and Carrie Cox asks whether relationships are really meant to go the distance in her latest novel, So Many Beats of the Heart.
6/27/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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'I got obsessed with horses' — Geraldine Brooks on her novel Horse

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brookes says she "didn't grow up as a horse obsessed girl" but rather her interest in horses was a result of a midlife crisis which led her to the history of a famous American thoroughbred that was the inspiration for her latest novel, simply called Horse. Also, John Purcell talks about his second official novel, The Lessons, and reveals his brief career writing erotica and Karen Manton explains the inspiration for her evocative novel, The Curlew's Eye, set in remote Northern Territory.
6/20/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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'I got obsessed with horses' — Geraldine Brooks on her novel Horse

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brookes says she "didn't grow up as a horse obsessed girl" but rather her interest in horses was a result of a midlife crisis which led her to the history of a famous American thoroughbred that was the inspiration for her latest novel, simply called Horse. Also, John Purcell talks about his second official novel, The Lessons, and reveals his brief career writing erotica and Karen Manton explains the inspiration for her evocative novel, The Curlew's Eye, set in remote Northern Territory.
6/20/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Meg Mason's surprise success with Sorrow and Bliss

Meg Mason thought her second novel, Sorrow and Bliss wouldn't be published, it was and is now shortlisted for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction, which will be announced this week. Also Australian writer Ennis Ćehić on his playful collection, Sadvertising, and American writer Leila Motley's debut novel, Nightcrawling, which she wrote at just 17.
6/13/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Meg Mason's surprise success with Sorrow and Bliss

Meg Mason thought her second novel, Sorrow and Bliss wouldn't be published, it was and is now shortlisted for this year's Women's Prize for Fiction, which will be announced this week. Also Australian writer Ennis Ćehić on his playful collection, Sadvertising, and American writer Leila Motley's debut novel, Nightcrawling, which she wrote at just 17.
6/13/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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'I wish I’d had more resolution of character' — Booker winner Damon Galgut on privilege and power

Booker-winning writer Damon Galgut wasn’t always aware of his privilege, growing up as a white man in South Africa. Instead, he describes a ‘slow-shifting of consciousness’, that culminated in The Promise, a book he calls ‘my most South African novel'. Also, The Rosie Project author, Graeme Simsion, gives a tour of his writing space and Hilde Hinton on her second novel, A Solitary Walk on the Moon.
6/6/202254 minutes, 4 seconds
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'I wish I’d had more resolution of character' — Booker winner Damon Galgut on privilege and power

Booker-winning writer Damon Galgut wasn’t always aware of his privilege, growing up as a white man in South Africa. Instead, he describes a ‘slow-shifting of consciousness’, that culminated in The Promise, a book he calls ‘my most South African novel'. Also, The Rosie Project author, Graeme Simsion, gives a tour of his writing space and Hilde Hinton on her second novel, A Solitary Walk on the Moon.
6/6/202254 minutes, 4 seconds
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Lessons in life, mortality and love from Julian Barnes

British Booker winner Julian Barnes's latest novel, Elizabeth Finch, is about a life-changing teacher and he tells the audience at the Sydney Writers Festival that "you become a writer by not being the child of a writer".
5/30/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Lessons in life, mortality and love from Julian Barnes

British Booker winner Julian Barnes's latest novel, Elizabeth Finch, is about a life-changing teacher and he tells the audience at the Sydney Writers Festival that "you become a writer by not being the child of a writer".
5/30/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Moon colonies and the 'Mandelverse' with Emily St John Mandel

Canadian author, Emily St John Mandel, says the pandemic changed her as a writer. Her latest, Sea of Tranquility, was written during lockdown in New York and while it's a standalone novel, also features links to her previous books, Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel. Also, Goan-Anglo-Indian Australian writer Michelle Cahill's novel, Daisy and Woolf, is a literary homage and post-colonial critique of Virginia Woolf’s classic Mrs Dalloway.
5/23/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Moon colonies and the 'Mandelverse' with Emily St John Mandel

Canadian author, Emily St John Mandel, says the pandemic changed her as a writer. Her latest, Sea of Tranquility, was written during lockdown in New York and while it's a standalone novel, also features links to her previous books, Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel. Also, Goan-Anglo-Indian Australian writer Michelle Cahill's novel, Daisy and Woolf, is a literary homage and post-colonial critique of Virginia Woolf’s classic Mrs Dalloway.
5/23/202254 minutes, 5 seconds
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Family troubles with Steve Toltz, Audrey Magee and Toni Jordan

Here Goes Nothing is the last in what Steve Toltz calls his trilogy of fear which began with A Fraction of the Whole. This latest book is narrated by a ghost who discovers there is an afterlife hierarchy and he is at the bottom. Also, Irish writer Audrey Magee on her second novel The Colony which is colonisation in microcosm and Toni Jordan's sixth novel, Dinner with the Schnabels, billed as a family dramedy.
5/16/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Family troubles with Steve Toltz, Audrey Magee and Toni Jordan

Here Goes Nothing is the last in what Steve Toltz calls his trilogy of fear which began with A Fraction of the Whole. This latest book is narrated by a ghost who discovers there is an afterlife hierarchy and he is at the bottom. Also, Irish writer Audrey Magee on her second novel The Colony which is colonisation in microcosm and Toni Jordan's sixth novel, Dinner with the Schnabels, billed as a family dramedy.
5/16/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Queer stories with Douglas Stuart, Indyana Schneider and Omar Sakr

Booker winner Douglas Stuart's second novel, Young Mungo, is again set in gritty working class Glasgow, but also explores blossoming queer love. And, two debut novels also exploring queer identity with Indyana Schneider's 28 Questions and Omar Sakr's Son of Sin.
5/9/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Queer stories with Douglas Stuart, Indyana Schneider and Omar Sakr

Booker winner Douglas Stuart's second novel, Young Mungo, is again set in gritty working class Glasgow, but also explores blossoming queer love. And, two debut novels also exploring queer identity with Indyana Schneider's 28 Questions and Omar Sakr's Son of Sin.
5/9/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Mum’s the word with Dawn French, Douglas Stuart, Anne Enright, Alice Pung and more

We meet some of the most remarkable mothers in recent fiction, with authors including Dawn French, Douglas Stuart, Anne Enright, Lisa Taddeo, Larissa Behrendt and Alice Pung. These literary mums can be loving, neglectful and sometimes cruel – and they often reveal something about the author’s own relationship with their mother or children. Other featured authors include George Haddad, Craig Sherborne, Lydia Kiesling and Kate Mildenhall.
5/2/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Mum’s the word with Dawn French, Douglas Stuart, Anne Enright, Alice Pung and more

We meet some of the most remarkable mothers in recent fiction, with authors including Dawn French, Douglas Stuart, Anne Enright, Lisa Taddeo, Larissa Behrendt and Alice Pung. These literary mums can be loving, neglectful and sometimes cruel – and they often reveal something about the author’s own relationship with their mother or children. Other featured authors include George Haddad, Craig Sherborne, Lydia Kiesling and Kate Mildenhall.
5/2/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Jennifer Down and Jonathan Franzen relive the 1970s

Jennifer Down doesn't turn away from uncomfortable truths in her Stella Prize shortlisted novel, Bodies of Light, about the systemic failures of the residential and foster care systems in the 70s and 80s. Also, we revisit our interview with Jonathan Franzen who talks about faith and family, which are two themes in his latest book, Crossroads.
4/25/202253 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jennifer Down and Jonathan Franzen relive the 1970s

Jennifer Down doesn't turn away from uncomfortable truths in her Stella Prize shortlisted novel, Bodies of Light, about the systemic failures of the residential and foster care systems in the 70s and 80s. Also, we revisit our interview with Jonathan Franzen who talks about faith and family, which are two themes in his latest book, Crossroads.
4/25/202253 minutes, 42 seconds
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Hannah Kent and Michelle Johnston unearth the past

Hannah Kent reflects on her time as an exchange student in Iceland and how it allowed her to pursue writing, and Michelle Johnston tells Claire Nichols about her novel, Dustfall, for the international literary event called Literature Live Around the World which was hosted by the Bergen International Literary Festival in Norway.
4/18/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hannah Kent and Michelle Johnston unearth the past

Hannah Kent reflects on her time as an exchange student in Iceland and how it allowed her to pursue writing, and Michelle Johnston tells Claire Nichols about her novel, Dustfall, for the international literary event called Literature Live Around the World which was hosted by the Bergen International Literary Festival in Norway.
4/18/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jennifer Egan's Goon Squad follow-up

Pulitzer-prize winner, Jennifer Egan, is "interested in the ways technology interacts with our psychologies". Her new novel, The Candy House, plays with a deliciously dangerous idea: what if you could externalise your memory? And two books set in small town Australia: Mandy Beaumont's The Furies and Yumna Kassab's provocatively titled Australiana.
4/11/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Jennifer Egan's Goon Squad follow-up

Pulitzer-prize winner, Jennifer Egan, is "interested in the ways technology interacts with our psychologies". Her new novel, The Candy House, plays with a deliciously dangerous idea: what if you could externalise your memory? And two books set in small town Australia: Mandy Beaumont's The Furies and Yumna Kassab's provocatively titled Australiana.
4/11/202253 minutes, 56 seconds
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Kári Gíslason gives new life to an old Icelandic saga

The Icelandic sagas have long been a source of fascination for Kári Gíslason and his latest novel, The Sorrow Stone, gives new life to an old Icelandic saga. Also disability advocate and writer Liel Bridgford explores disability representation in fiction with Kay Kerr and Jessica Walton, and Robert Lukins on his second novel Loveland set in Nebraska about two women who've experienced controlling marriages and asks whether trauma is inherited.
4/4/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Kári Gíslason gives new life to an old Icelandic saga

The Icelandic sagas have long been a source of fascination for Kári Gíslason and his latest novel, The Sorrow Stone, gives new life to an old Icelandic saga. Also disability advocate and writer Liel Bridgford explores disability representation in fiction with Kay Kerr and Jessica Walton, and Robert Lukins on his second novel Loveland set in Nebraska about two women who've experienced controlling marriages and asks whether trauma is inherited.
4/4/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Mythology and Marlon James — Moon Witch, Spider King

For his latest novel, Moon Witch, Spider King, Marlon James says "I was trying to connect with my own mythological history as a black man in an African diaspora, in a former British colony". Also, friendship in fiction with Susan Johnson, Juhea Kim and Paige Clark, and Perth writer David Whish-Wilson's writing space.
3/27/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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Mythology and Marlon James — Moon Witch, Spider King

For his latest novel, Moon Witch, Spider King, Marlon James says "I was trying to connect with my own mythological history as a black man in an African diaspora, in a former British colony". Also, friendship in fiction with Susan Johnson, Juhea Kim and Paige Clark, and Perth writer David Whish-Wilson's writing space.
3/27/202254 minutes, 3 seconds
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Recovery and 'ridey men' — Marian Keyes and Again, Rachel

'I have a full and beautiful life', says Irish writer Marian Keyes, 'The only thing I can't do is drink'. And the experience of addiction and recovery is something she's given to the main character in her book Again, Rachel, a sequel to Rachel's Holiday. Also, Michael Trant writes a book on his tractor, Jane Caro explores coercive control in The Mother and Rhett Davis's debut novel, Hovering.
3/20/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Recovery and 'ridey men' — Marian Keyes and Again, Rachel

'I have a full and beautiful life', says Irish writer Marian Keyes, 'The only thing I can't do is drink'. And the experience of addiction and recovery is something she's given to the main character in her book Again, Rachel, a sequel to Rachel's Holiday. Also, Michael Trant writes a book on his tractor, Jane Caro explores coercive control in The Mother and Rhett Davis's debut novel, Hovering.
3/20/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Karen Joy Fowler targets John Wilkes Booth, America's first presidential assassin

Karen Joy Fowler wades into American Civil War history and the story of John Wilkes Booth, the first presidential assassin, in her novel Booth. Also, Kalkadoon author Megan Albany's comic novel about death and Lloyd Jones's latest allegorical novel, The Fish.
3/13/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Karen Joy Fowler targets John Wilkes Booth, America's first presidential assassin

Karen Joy Fowler wades into American Civil War history and the story of John Wilkes Booth, the first presidential assassin, in her novel Booth. Also, Kalkadoon author Megan Albany's comic novel about death and Lloyd Jones's latest allegorical novel, The Fish.
3/13/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Craig Silvey, Tony Birch and Dervla McTiernan’s joy of reading

Craig Silvey, Tony Birch and Dervla McTiernan share their love of reading from the Perth Festival Writers Weekend. They share their formative childhood reads, favourite first lines and give some writing advice along the way.
3/6/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Craig Silvey, Tony Birch and Dervla McTiernan’s joy of reading

Craig Silvey, Tony Birch and Dervla McTiernan share their love of reading from the Perth Festival Writers Weekend. They share their formative childhood reads, favourite first lines and give some writing advice along the way.
3/6/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Isabel Allende writes about her mother, Markus Zusak gets your fanmail

Isabel Allende says her latest novel, Violeta, was inspired by her mother but also by Allende's own life. Also, readers who send fan mail and the writers who reply with Markus Zusak, Anita Heiss, John Marsden and Krissy Kneen, and disability in fiction with Joseph Elliott and Kit Kavanagh-Ryan.
2/27/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Isabel Allende writes about her mother, Markus Zusak gets your fanmail

Isabel Allende says her latest novel, Violeta, was inspired by her mother but also by Allende's own life. Also, readers who send fan mail and the writers who reply with Markus Zusak, Anita Heiss, John Marsden and Krissy Kneen, and disability in fiction with Joseph Elliott and Kit Kavanagh-Ryan.
2/27/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Immigrant stories of the Big Apple with Gary Shteyngart and Xochitl Gonzalez

Our Country Friends is a funny book set in upstate New York during the pandemic by US writer Gary Shteyngart and Xochitl Gonzalez looks at the city through a Puerto Rican lens in Olga Dies Dreaming.
2/20/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Immigrant stories of the Big Apple with Gary Shteyngart and Xochitl Gonzalez

Our Country Friends is a funny book set in upstate New York during the pandemic by US writer Gary Shteyngart and Xochitl Gonzalez looks at the city through a Puerto Rican lens in Olga Dies Dreaming.
2/20/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Love and literature with Hannah Kent, Roddy Doyle, Elif Shafak and more

From young love and forbidden romance to break-ups and long-term relationships: hear authors wax lyrical about love. Writers include David Nicholls, Amy Bloom, Tayari Jones, Howard Jacobson, Monica Ali, Curtis Sittenfeld, Anita Heiss, Vivian Pham, C.S Pacat and Daniel de Lorne.
2/13/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Love and literature with Hannah Kent, Roddy Doyle, Elif Shafak and more

From young love and forbidden romance to break-ups and long-term relationships: hear authors wax lyrical about love. Writers include David Nicholls, Amy Bloom, Tayari Jones, Howard Jacobson, Monica Ali, Curtis Sittenfeld, Anita Heiss, Vivian Pham, C.S Pacat and Daniel de Lorne.
2/13/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Jason Mott's Hell of a Book

Jason Mott's Hell of a Book lives up to its name: it has a snappy title, an eccentric narrator and a Nicolas Cage cameo. Also, two authors who explore older Australian's experiences with Liz Byrski's At the End of the Day and Shankari Chandran's Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens.
2/6/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Jason Mott's Hell of a Book

Jason Mott's Hell of a Book lives up to its name: it has a snappy title, an eccentric narrator and a Nicolas Cage cameo. Also, two authors who explore older Australian's experiences with Liz Byrski's At the End of the Day and Shankari Chandran's Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens.
2/6/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Secrets and lies in Monica Ali's Love Marriage

Almost 20 years after Brick Lane, Monica Ali is still unpicking the ins and outs of relationships in her novel, Love Marriage. Also, Skimming Stones by Maria Papas was directly inspired by her daughter's own illness and Jack Ellis challenges a myth about childhood in Home and Other Hiding Places.
1/30/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Secrets and lies in Monica Ali's Love Marriage

Almost 20 years after Brick Lane, Monica Ali is still unpicking the ins and outs of relationships in her novel, Love Marriage. Also, Skimming Stones by Maria Papas was directly inspired by her daughter's own illness and Jack Ellis challenges a myth about childhood in Home and Other Hiding Places.
1/30/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hanya Yanagihara moves on from A Little Life

In her new book To Paradise, Hanya Yanagihara asks what would America be if its foundations were different. Also Katherine Collette's ode to Toastmasters in The Competition and Craig Sherborne's difficult mother in A Grass Hotel.
1/23/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hanya Yanagihara moves on from A Little Life

In her new book To Paradise, Hanya Yanagihara asks what would America be if its foundations were different. Also Katherine Collette's ode to Toastmasters in The Competition and Craig Sherborne's difficult mother in A Grass Hotel.
1/23/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Masterclass with George Saunders and Tsitsi Dangarembga

Two masters of the form, George Saunders and Tsisti Dangarembga, share lessons from their extensive writing careers.
1/16/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Masterclass with George Saunders and Tsitsi Dangarembga

Two masters of the form, George Saunders and Tsisti Dangarembga, share lessons from their extensive writing careers.
1/16/202254 minutes, 7 seconds
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Life at the extremes — Pat Barker, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Ella Baxter

The Booker-winning author Pat Barker's preoccupation with who's allowed to speak and who isn't continues in The Women of Troy, a sequel to The Silence of the Girls, her exploration of women in the Ancient Greek classics. Also, New Animal author, Ella Baxter, on how her writing relates to her artistic practice, and the final in Michael Mohammed Ahmad's trilogy featuring his alter-ego, Bani Adam, with The Other Half of You.
1/9/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Life at the extremes — Pat Barker, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Ella Baxter

The Booker-winning author Pat Barker's preoccupation with who's allowed to speak and who isn't continues in The Women of Troy, a sequel to The Silence of the Girls, her exploration of women in the Ancient Greek classics. Also, New Animal author, Ella Baxter, on how her writing relates to her artistic practice, and the final in Michael Mohammed Ahmad's trilogy featuring his alter-ego, Bani Adam, with The Other Half of You.
1/9/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro on Klara and the Sun

Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro introduces us to his latest creation in Klara and the Sun, and we also take a look at how authors name their heroes and villains with six writers including Tony Birch, Tabitha Bird and Mirandi Riwoe.
1/2/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro on Klara and the Sun

Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro introduces us to his latest creation in Klara and the Sun, and we also take a look at how authors name their heroes and villains with six writers including Tony Birch, Tabitha Bird and Mirandi Riwoe.
1/2/202254 minutes, 6 seconds
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Darkness and light with Patricia Lockwood, Jessie Tu and Ethan Hawke

"It's such a contradiction in life how much we learn from suffering," says actor and writer Ethan Hawke who tells The Book Show about his fourth novel A Bright Ray of Darkness. Darkness and light is a recurring theme in our other author interviews with American Patricia Lockwood and Australian Jessie Tu.
12/26/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Darkness and light with Patricia Lockwood, Jessie Tu and Ethan Hawke

"It's such a contradiction in life how much we learn from suffering," says actor and writer Ethan Hawke who tells The Book Show about his fourth novel A Bright Ray of Darkness. Darkness and light is a recurring theme in our other author interviews with American Patricia Lockwood and Australian Jessie Tu.
12/26/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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From Karachi to Kamchatka — literary travel with Roddy Doyle, Arundhati Roy, Elizabeth Strout and more

International travel has been off the cards for many in the last two years, this literary world tour might be the next best thing.
12/19/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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From Karachi to Kamchatka — literary travel with Roddy Doyle, Arundhati Roy, Elizabeth Strout and more

International travel has been off the cards for many in the last two years, this literary world tour might be the next best thing.
12/19/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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And the winner is: the book prize winners of 2021

Kate Grenville, Craig Silvey, Susanna Clarke, Nardi Simpson, Damon Galgut, Christos Tsiolkas and more on their prize-winning books. Plus, former winners Colson Whitehead, Bernardine Evaristo and Anthony Doerr on the impact of winning a major prize.
12/12/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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And the winner is: the book prize winners of 2021

Kate Grenville, Craig Silvey, Susanna Clarke, Nardi Simpson, Damon Galgut, Christos Tsiolkas and more on their prize-winning books. Plus, former winners Colson Whitehead, Bernardine Evaristo and Anthony Doerr on the impact of winning a major prize.
12/12/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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'People were already forgetting' — Jodi Picoult confronts the pandemic

Unlike many authors, Jodi Picoult decided to take on COVID-19 in Wish You Were Here, because Picoult says, "we need to remember everything we got wrong while we were learning what this disease is". Also, the salvation of poetry in Brendan Cowell's Plum and The Kindness of Birds by Filipino Australian writer Merlinda Bobis.
12/5/202153 minutes, 53 seconds
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'People were already forgetting' — Jodi Picoult confronts the pandemic

Unlike many authors, Jodi Picoult decided to take on COVID-19 in Wish You Were Here, because Picoult says, "we need to remember everything we got wrong while we were learning what this disease is". Also, the salvation of poetry in Brendan Cowell's Plum and The Kindness of Birds by Filipino Australian writer Merlinda Bobis.
12/5/202153 minutes, 53 seconds
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How Val McDermid's time as a newspaper journalist inspired a new crime series

Scottish crime writer Val McDermid's new book, 1979, is the beginning of a new series inspired by her own experience as a newspaper journalist in the 1970s and 80s. Also, to celebrate International Day of People With Disability we have some recommendations for speculative fiction novels that centre disabled characters, and
11/28/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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How Val McDermid's time as a newspaper journalist inspired a new crime series

Scottish crime writer Val McDermid's new book, 1979, is the beginning of a new series inspired by her own experience as a newspaper journalist in the 1970s and 80s. Also, to celebrate International Day of People With Disability we have some recommendations for speculative fiction novels that centre disabled characters, and
11/28/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Creative lives of a Booker, Stella and Nobel winner — Bernardine Evaristo, Charlotte Wood and Abdulrazak Gurnah

"I never sunk into complacency in any aspect of my life." Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo on her latest book, Manifesto, about her unconventional path to success. Also, Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood on cultivating a rich inner life in The Luminous Solution, and the 2021 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Abdulrazak Gurnah, on how he became a writer.
11/21/202153 minutes, 56 seconds
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Creative lives of a Booker, Stella and Nobel winner — Bernardine Evaristo, Charlotte Wood and Abdulrazak Gurnah

"I never sunk into complacency in any aspect of my life." Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo on her latest book, Manifesto, about her unconventional path to success. Also, Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood on cultivating a rich inner life in The Luminous Solution, and the 2021 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Abdulrazak Gurnah, on how he became a writer.
11/21/202153 minutes, 56 seconds
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Christos Tsiolkas on beauty and art

"I can't separate the erotic and the sensual from the beautiful." Melbourne Prize for Literature winner, Christos Tsiolkas on his latest novel 7½ which explores what it means to be a writer and the role of beauty in fiction. Also, Rebecca Starford and Steven Carroll on the real life characters that inspired their World War II novels, The Imitator and O.
11/14/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Christos Tsiolkas on beauty and art

"I can't separate the erotic and the sensual from the beautiful." Melbourne Prize for Literature winner, Christos Tsiolkas on his latest novel 7½ which explores what it means to be a writer and the role of beauty in fiction. Also, Rebecca Starford and Steven Carroll on the real life characters that inspired their World War II novels, The Imitator and O.
11/14/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hannah Kent and Susanna Clarke on love and loneliness

Author of Burial Rites and The Good People, Hannah Kent says she wanted to look at human connection in her latest novel Devotion. It's another historical novel but is a love story about two girls whose love transcends rules, religion, and even crosses an ocean. Also, the British author, Susanna Clarke, was the winner of this year's Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel Piranesi. She talks about writing the book while living with a chronic illness.
11/7/202152 minutes, 59 seconds
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Hannah Kent and Susanna Clarke on love and loneliness

Author of Burial Rites and The Good People, Hannah Kent says she wanted to look at human connection in her latest novel Devotion. It's another historical novel but is a love story about two girls whose love transcends rules, religion, and even crosses an ocean. Also, the British author, Susanna Clarke, was the winner of this year's Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel Piranesi. She talks about writing the book while living with a chronic illness.
11/7/202152 minutes, 59 seconds
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Pod extra with Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut

Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut on his award winning novel The Promise.
11/4/202112 minutes, 21 seconds
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Pod extra with Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut

Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut on his award winning novel The Promise.
11/4/202112 minutes, 21 seconds
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Literary powerhouses Richard Powers and Michelle de Kretser on their latest novels

"Everyday could be a day of unthinkable richness if we just keep still, attend and be present to what the place that we live in wants to do." Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers talks about the power of wilderness to centre his characters in Bewilderment, his Booker Prize-shortlisted novel. Also, two time winner of the Miles Franklin, Michelle de Kretser, on her new book, Scary Monsters which is a book in two parts, with two front covers, and is an exploration of the migrant experience.
10/31/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Literary powerhouses Richard Powers and Michelle de Kretser on their latest novels

"Everyday could be a day of unthinkable richness if we just keep still, attend and be present to what the place that we live in wants to do." Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers talks about the power of wilderness to centre his characters in Bewilderment, his Booker Prize-shortlisted novel. Also, two time winner of the Miles Franklin, Michelle de Kretser, on her new book, Scary Monsters which is a book in two parts, with two front covers, and is an exploration of the migrant experience.
10/31/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Amor Towles takes a road trip on The Lincoln Highway

"The journey is the oldest story known to humanity", says bestselling American author Amor Towles, whose third book is based on this archetypal narrative and takes a group of lost boys on an unpredictable road trip in The Lincoln Highway. Also, Booker Prize shortlisted author Anuk Arudpragasam with A Passage North and Vietnamese American Monique Truong's exploration of Lafcadio Hearn, the 19th century Creole cookbook author and Japanese folktale collector, in The Sweetest Fruits.
10/24/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Amor Towles takes a road trip on The Lincoln Highway

"The journey is the oldest story known to humanity", says bestselling American author Amor Towles, whose third book is based on this archetypal narrative and takes a group of lost boys on an unpredictable road trip in The Lincoln Highway. Also, Booker Prize shortlisted author Anuk Arudpragasam with A Passage North and Vietnamese American Monique Truong's exploration of Lafcadio Hearn, the 19th century Creole cookbook author and Japanese folktale collector, in The Sweetest Fruits.
10/24/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Families, trees, and buried secrets with Liane Moriarty and Elif Shafak

Liane Moriarty's latest novel is Apples Never Fall and as another TV adaptation of her work wraps us, she is adamant she will never write books with a view to adaptation. Also, British-Turkish Elif Shafak's inventive The Island of Missing Trees set in a divided Cyprus and Booker shortlisted author Damon Galgut's equally inventive, The Promise.
10/17/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Families, trees, and buried secrets with Liane Moriarty and Elif Shafak

Liane Moriarty's latest novel is Apples Never Fall and as another TV adaptation of her work wraps us, she is adamant she will never write books with a view to adaptation. Also, British-Turkish Elif Shafak's inventive The Island of Missing Trees set in a divided Cyprus and Booker shortlisted author Damon Galgut's equally inventive, The Promise.
10/17/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Maggie Shipstead

American travel writer Maggie Shipstead's third novel Great Circle, is about a fictional aviatrix, Marian Graves, who goes missing in her quest to circumnavigate the globe in 1950. It's also about a troubled Hollywood actor who attempts to resurrect her reputation by taking the lead role in a Marian Graves biopic. The novel explores questions of death and disappearance, as well as the unknowability of the past. Maggie Shipstead speaks to Sarah L'Estrange.
10/14/202110 minutes, 50 seconds
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Anuk Arudpragasam

A Passage North is the second novel by Sri Lankan, Anuk Arudpragasam. It's about a young Tamil man, Krishan, as he travels from Colombo to north Sri Lanka for the funeral of his grandmother's carer. It is an introspective story that follows Krishan's meandering ruminations about the Sri Lankan civil war, trauma, desire and Sanskrit poetry. Anuk Arudpragasam is speaking to Sarah L'Estrange.
10/14/202110 minutes, 21 seconds
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Damon Galgut

South African writer Damon Galgut has now been shortlisted for the Booker three times, and the latest is for his ninth book, The Promise. It is a family saga that begins in 1986 apartheid South Africa and follows one Afrikaner family through to the present. At its heart, is a broken promise that serves as an allegory for modern South Africa. But as Damon tells Sarah L'Estrange, it's also about a dysfunctional family.
10/14/202110 minutes, 49 seconds
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Nadifa Mohamed

In 1952, Somali seaman Mahmood Mattan, convicted of the murder of a local shopkeeper, became the last man to be hanged in Cardiff. Forty-five years later, his conviction was quashed. In The Fortune Men, the British-Somali writer Nadifa Mohamed takes this true story and gives it a novel treatment. Amongst the bustling, multiracial town of Tiger Bay, we meet Mattan, a man of quiet dignity and anger, and the corrupt and racist police who frame him for murder. Mohamed also paints a sympathetic portrait of the murder victim, here renamed Violet Volacki. Nadifa Mohamed is speaking to Claire Nichols.
10/14/202110 minutes, 15 seconds
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Richard Powers

Richard Powers is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Overstory. His latest novel, Bewilderment, is about a recently widowed father trying to raise and protect his troubled son, as the planet’s ecology implodes. This novel does not give itself to easy one liners, as its scope is mythical and crosses into the terrain of science fiction while still exploring parental love. Richard Powers is speaking to Claire Nichols.
10/14/202111 minutes, 30 seconds
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Patricia Lockwood

American author Patricia Lockwood's debut novel is a work of two distinct parts. In the first half, we meet a woman addicted to the “portal”, or internet, where she has crafted a unique online presence. In the second half, the protagonist is dragged back in to the real world, after her sister gives birth to a very sick baby. The book is inspired by Patricia’s own life, and her experiences as an aunt to her niece, Lena. It’s a book as funny as it is heartbreaking, and in this interview Patricia talks about her extreme physical reaction to the book, and her quest for a perfect dress to wear to the Women’s Prize for Fiction ceremony. Patricia Lockwood speaks to Claire Nichols. Listen here for a longer interview about the book.
10/14/20219 minutes, 55 seconds
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‘It became brutal’ —John Boyne responds to a twitter storm in Echo Chamber

In 2019, John Boyne faced huge online backlash for a book he wrote about a trans teenager and he's channelled that experience in to his new comic novel, The Echo Chamber. Also, Booker Prize shortlisted author Nadifa Mohamed on The Fortune Men and Emily Bitto’s Wild Abandon, about men, booze, tigers and America.
10/10/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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‘It became brutal’ —John Boyne responds to a twitter storm in Echo Chamber

In 2019, John Boyne faced huge online backlash for a book he wrote about a trans teenager and he's channelled that experience in to his new comic novel, The Echo Chamber. Also, Booker Prize shortlisted author Nadifa Mohamed on The Fortune Men and Emily Bitto’s Wild Abandon, about men, booze, tigers and America.
10/10/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Faith and family with Jonathan Franzen on Crossroads

“I admit to regular fits of feeling simply I am not a good person,” says Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections, “and it’s a question that fiction is uniquely poised to engage with”. And it’s a question that is at the heart of his new novel Crossroads. Also, Maggie Shipstead on her Booker Prize shortlisted novel Great Circle, and Robert Gott’s historical crime novel, The Orchard Murders, based on the Messiah of Nunawading.
10/3/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Faith and family with Jonathan Franzen on Crossroads

“I admit to regular fits of feeling simply I am not a good person,” says Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections, “and it’s a question that fiction is uniquely poised to engage with”. And it’s a question that is at the heart of his new novel Crossroads. Also, Maggie Shipstead on her Booker Prize shortlisted novel Great Circle, and Robert Gott’s historical crime novel, The Orchard Murders, based on the Messiah of Nunawading.
10/3/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr visits Cloud Cuckoo Land

In his latest book Cloud Cuckoo Land, Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr explores the human desire to create utopian worlds in places far from home. CS Pacat on their latest fantasy adventure Dark Rise, and Patricia Lockwood on being shortlisted for this years' Booker Prize for No One Is Talking About This.
9/27/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr visits Cloud Cuckoo Land

In his latest book Cloud Cuckoo Land, Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr explores the human desire to create utopian worlds in places far from home. CS Pacat on their latest fantasy adventure Dark Rise, and Patricia Lockwood on being shortlisted for this years' Booker Prize for No One Is Talking About This.
9/27/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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'It's absolutely magical' — Akala on reading as a superpower

British rapper, poet and writer, Akala, equates reading and writing to a form of magic. He brings this passion to the page in his debut YA novel, The Dark Lady, about pickpocket Henry, set in the time of Shakespeare's London. Also, The Overthinkers, a debut by a Sydney writing duo and Nick Earls on his heart surgery recovery as well as Empires, his most ambitious novel yet.
9/20/202153 minutes, 52 seconds
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'It's absolutely magical' — Akala on reading as a superpower

British rapper, poet and writer, Akala, equates reading and writing to a form of magic. He brings this passion to the page in his debut YA novel, The Dark Lady, about pickpocket Henry, set in the time of Shakespeare's London. Also, The Overthinkers, a debut by a Sydney writing duo and Nick Earls on his heart surgery recovery as well as Empires, his most ambitious novel yet.
9/20/202153 minutes, 52 seconds
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Pulitzer prize winner Colson Whitehead's crime caper, Harlem Shuffle

"My favourite memories as a kid, are watching Saturday afternoon movies," says two time Pulitzer Prize winner, Colson Whitehead, "so I gave myself permission to do a heist book and started planning." Harlem Shuffle was the result. Also, Marion Frith's timely debut Here In the After about an Australian soldier who served in Afghanistan and Charlotte McConaghy on Once There Were Wolves, about rewilding the Scottish highlands.
9/13/202154 minutes, 1 second
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Pulitzer prize winner Colson Whitehead's crime caper, Harlem Shuffle

"My favourite memories as a kid, are watching Saturday afternoon movies," says two time Pulitzer Prize winner, Colson Whitehead, "so I gave myself permission to do a heist book and started planning." Harlem Shuffle was the result. Also, Marion Frith's timely debut Here In the After about an Australian soldier who served in Afghanistan and Charlotte McConaghy on Once There Were Wolves, about rewilding the Scottish highlands.
9/13/202154 minutes, 1 second
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'I could've got into trouble' — Actor Bryan Brown's crime fiction

Actor Bryan Brown has published a debut collection of crime fuelled fiction in his 70s, it's called Sweet Jimmy. Also, Anita Heiss takes the 1852 Gundagai flood as the starting point for her novel Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray and Paige Clark's metaphorical ghosts in She Is Haunted.
9/6/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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'I could've got into trouble' — Actor Bryan Brown's crime fiction

Actor Bryan Brown has published a debut collection of crime fuelled fiction in his 70s, it's called Sweet Jimmy. Also, Anita Heiss takes the 1852 Gundagai flood as the starting point for her novel Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray and Paige Clark's metaphorical ghosts in She Is Haunted.
9/6/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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'It all starts with a fight' — Pat Barker gives voice to the women of Ancient Greece

Booker winning, Pat Barker's preoccupation with who's allowed to speak and who isn't continues with The Women of Troy, the sequel to The Silence of the Girls, her exploration of women in the Ancient Greek classics. Also, journalist Barry Divola on his music inspired road novel and Malla Nunn's Sugar Town Queens, set in post-Mandela South Africa.
8/30/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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'It all starts with a fight' — Pat Barker gives voice to the women of Ancient Greece

Booker winning, Pat Barker's preoccupation with who's allowed to speak and who isn't continues with The Women of Troy, the sequel to The Silence of the Girls, her exploration of women in the Ancient Greek classics. Also, journalist Barry Divola on his music inspired road novel and Malla Nunn's Sugar Town Queens, set in post-Mandela South Africa.
8/30/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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Crazy times with Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan is the man who introduced readers to the world of Singapore's ultra rich in his hit trilogy Crazy Rich Asians. Claire Nichols speaks to him about growing up wealthy in Singapore, his move to the US as a teen and the inspiration for his latest book Sex and Vanity.
8/23/202154 minutes, 4 seconds
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Crazy times with Kevin Kwan

Kevin Kwan is the man who introduced readers to the world of Singapore's ultra rich in his hit trilogy Crazy Rich Asians. Claire Nichols speaks to him about growing up wealthy in Singapore, his move to the US as a teen and the inspiration for his latest book Sex and Vanity.
8/23/202154 minutes, 4 seconds
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'I just wanted to rescue them' — Kate Grenville unravels her family history

Kate Grenville's interest in women hemmed in by history comes to the fore in her new audiobook about her grandmother, Always Greener. Also, Lisa Emanuel's debut novel The Covered Wife is about a Sydney woman drawn into a religious cult, and Tony Birch gives poet and editor Evelyn Araluen some writing advice.
8/16/202153 minutes, 56 seconds
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'I just wanted to rescue them' — Kate Grenville unravels her family history

Kate Grenville's interest in women hemmed in by history comes to the fore in her new audiobook about her grandmother, Always Greener. Also, Lisa Emanuel's debut novel The Covered Wife is about a Sydney woman drawn into a religious cult, and Tony Birch gives poet and editor Evelyn Araluen some writing advice.
8/16/202153 minutes, 56 seconds
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Identity, belonging, home and immigration are themes in Hafsa Zayyan's life and fiction

The Asian expulsion from Uganda with Idi Amin's rise to power in 1972 is the focus of London based author Hafsa Zayyan's debut novel We Are All Birds of Uganda which deals with many themes the author has lived with all her life. Also, John Byron's crime fiction debut, The Tribute, inspired by the Fabrica, a famous medieval anatomy text, and The Airways, a queer ghost story by Jennifer Mills.
8/9/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Identity, belonging, home and immigration are themes in Hafsa Zayyan's life and fiction

The Asian expulsion from Uganda with Idi Amin's rise to power in 1972 is the focus of London based author Hafsa Zayyan's debut novel We Are All Birds of Uganda which deals with many themes the author has lived with all her life. Also, John Byron's crime fiction debut, The Tribute, inspired by the Fabrica, a famous medieval anatomy text, and The Airways, a queer ghost story by Jennifer Mills.
8/9/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Rahul Raina's satire about fame, fraud and Indian TV

'Your self worth as an Indian child is totally connected with how well you do in these all encompassing exams'. Rahul Raina's satire about fame, fraud and the All India exam system in How to Kidnap the Rich. Also Mark Brandi on his love of dogs, family and why he wears earmuffs to write and Katherine Brabon's exploration of the Japanese phenomenon of hikikomori in The Shut Ins.
8/2/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Rahul Raina's satire about fame, fraud and Indian TV

'Your self worth as an Indian child is totally connected with how well you do in these all encompassing exams'. Rahul Raina's satire about fame, fraud and the All India exam system in How to Kidnap the Rich. Also Mark Brandi on his love of dogs, family and why he wears earmuffs to write and Katherine Brabon's exploration of the Japanese phenomenon of hikikomori in The Shut Ins.
8/2/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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'My mother kept this secret for so long' — Esther Freud imagines a different path for her mother

Esther Freud's mother had babies at a time when many unwed mothers in the UK and Ireland had their children taken away. Freud says, 'When I thought about the situation of my mother, it struck me how alone and dangerous her situation was'. In I Couldn't Love You More, she imagines if her mother had been forced into one or Ireland's notorious mother and baby homes. Also David Allan-Petale on writing his first book, Locust Summer, on the road, and Jamie Marina Lau's second novel, Gunk Baby, about a young woman about to open a Chinese ear cleaning business.
7/26/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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'My mother kept this secret for so long' — Esther Freud imagines a different path for her mother

Esther Freud's mother had babies at a time when many unwed mothers in the UK and Ireland had their children taken away. Freud says, 'When I thought about the situation of my mother, it struck me how alone and dangerous her situation was'. In I Couldn't Love You More, she imagines if her mother had been forced into one or Ireland's notorious mother and baby homes. Also David Allan-Petale on writing his first book, Locust Summer, on the road, and Jamie Marina Lau's second novel, Gunk Baby, about a young woman about to open a Chinese ear cleaning business.
7/26/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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What happens when the internet cuts out? Rumaan Alam on his prescient domestic thriller

US author Rumaan Alam’s Leave The World Behind is a timely novel about isolation, fear, class and racism. Also, the 20-something women who are starring in coming of age novels and Rawah Arja's Punchbowl Boys High drama The F Team.
7/19/202153 minutes, 56 seconds
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What happens when the internet cuts out? Rumaan Alam on his prescient domestic thriller

US author Rumaan Alam’s Leave The World Behind is a timely novel about isolation, fear, class and racism. Also, the 20-something women who are starring in coming of age novels and Rawah Arja's Punchbowl Boys High drama The F Team.
7/19/202153 minutes, 56 seconds
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Pod extra with 2021 Miles Franklin winner Amanda Lohrey

Amanda Lohrey has been announced as the 2021 winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Labyrinth. Amanda tells Claire Nichols that her aim was to write a narrative that felt like a meditative walk into and out of a labyrinth.
7/15/202117 minutes, 4 seconds
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Pod extra with 2021 Miles Franklin winner Amanda Lohrey

Amanda Lohrey has been announced as the 2021 winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Labyrinth. Amanda tells Claire Nichols that her aim was to write a narrative that felt like a meditative walk into and out of a labyrinth.
7/15/202117 minutes, 4 seconds
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What does the Miles Franklin shortlist say about Australia?

Ahead of the Miles Franklin Award announcement, we preview the shortlist and find overlapping themes of migration, violence, fractured families and climate change. Aravind Adiga, Amanda Lohrey, Andrew Pippos, Daniel Davis Wood, Madeleine Watts and Robbie Arnott also reflect on what their novels say about Australia today.
7/12/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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What does the Miles Franklin shortlist say about Australia?

Ahead of the Miles Franklin Award announcement, we preview the shortlist and find overlapping themes of migration, violence, fractured families and climate change. Aravind Adiga, Amanda Lohrey, Andrew Pippos, Daniel Davis Wood, Madeleine Watts and Robbie Arnott also reflect on what their novels say about Australia today.
7/12/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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'We are where we are because of resilience' — Larissa Behrendt's book about grief, family and literary travel

Indigenous author Larissa Behrendt questioned whether to include a First Nations lawyer in her latest novel, but she says it felt more authentic given it's a world she knows intimately. Her novel, After Story, explores grief, family and literary travel. Also, Kim Scott on the legacies of history that have inspired his works and Alice Pung's first novel for adults, One Hundred Days, is about a pregnant teenager and her controlling mother.
7/5/202154 minutes, 4 seconds
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'We are where we are because of resilience' — Larissa Behrendt's book about grief, family and literary travel

Indigenous author Larissa Behrendt questioned whether to include a First Nations lawyer in her latest novel, but she says it felt more authentic given it's a world she knows intimately. Her novel, After Story, explores grief, family and literary travel. Also, Kim Scott on the legacies of history that have inspired his works and Alice Pung's first novel for adults, One Hundred Days, is about a pregnant teenager and her controlling mother.
7/5/202154 minutes, 4 seconds
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Emma Jane Unsworth on the 'messy, punky stuff' of women's lives and bodies

Emma Jane Unsworth examines 21st century women in all their conflicted, messy glory in this in-depth interview about her books including Adults and Animals.
6/28/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Emma Jane Unsworth on the 'messy, punky stuff' of women's lives and bodies

Emma Jane Unsworth examines 21st century women in all their conflicted, messy glory in this in-depth interview about her books including Adults and Animals.
6/28/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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'There are no bodies' — Alexander McCall Smith on his version of Scandi crime fiction

You've heard of Nordic Noir but what about Scandi Blanc? Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith has taken the noir out Swedish crime fiction in his latest series starring the warm-hearted detective Ulf Varg. Also, writer Jessie Tu on her preoccupation with loneliness and a big sweeping narrative about a fictional female pilot who goes missing in the act with US author Maggie Shipstead.
6/21/202153 minutes, 56 seconds
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'There are no bodies' — Alexander McCall Smith on his version of Scandi crime fiction

You've heard of Nordic Noir but what about Scandi Blanc? Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith has taken the noir out Swedish crime fiction in his latest series starring the warm-hearted detective Ulf Varg. Also, writer Jessie Tu on her preoccupation with loneliness and a big sweeping narrative about a fictional female pilot who goes missing in the act with US author Maggie Shipstead.
6/21/202153 minutes, 56 seconds
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Pod Extra with Jessie Tu on the lessons of loneliness

Australian writer Jessie Tu says the question of female likeability should no longer exist and it's an idea she explores in her fiction. In this in-depth conversation, she also discusses child prodigies, music, racism and even Sex and the City.
6/17/202148 minutes, 30 seconds
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Pod Extra with Jessie Tu on the lessons of loneliness

Australian writer Jessie Tu says the question of female likeability should no longer exist and it's an idea she explores in her fiction. In this in-depth conversation, she also discusses child prodigies, music, racism and even Sex and the City.
6/17/202148 minutes, 30 seconds
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How do authors name their fictional characters?

There are name generators for new parents and authors alike, so how do writers choose names for their fictional characters? Many authors, including Tony Birch, Garth Nix and Mirandi Riwoe share their stories.
6/17/202119 minutes, 28 seconds
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'Why not make it accurate' — Andy Weir on putting the science in sci-fi

Andy Weir is most famous for The Martian, the science-heavy Mars survival story that was made in to a hit film starring Matt Damon, and now he's back now with a new book, Project Hail Mary. Journalist Jacqueline Maley on motherhood and ethics in her debut and the final in Michael Mohammed Ahmad's trilogy featuring his alter-ego, Bani Adam.
6/14/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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'Why not make it accurate' — Andy Weir on putting the science in sci-fi

Andy Weir is most famous for The Martian, the science-heavy Mars survival story that was made in to a hit film starring Matt Damon, and now he's back now with a new book, Project Hail Mary. Journalist Jacqueline Maley on motherhood and ethics in her debut and the final in Michael Mohammed Ahmad's trilogy featuring his alter-ego, Bani Adam.
6/14/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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'We don't talk about Mummy issues' — Lisa Taddeo's follow-up to Three Women

Lisa Taddeo attracted worldwide attention with her 2019 non-fiction book, Three Women, which explored the depths of three real women's sexual desires. Now Lisa has taken that insight into the female experience, and put it in to a novel called Animal. We also take a look at how authors name their heroes and villains, and visit Perth-based children's author Shirley Marr at her favourite writing location.
6/7/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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'We don't talk about Mummy issues' — Lisa Taddeo's follow-up to Three Women

Lisa Taddeo attracted worldwide attention with her 2019 non-fiction book, Three Women, which explored the depths of three real women's sexual desires. Now Lisa has taken that insight into the female experience, and put it in to a novel called Animal. We also take a look at how authors name their heroes and villains, and visit Perth-based children's author Shirley Marr at her favourite writing location.
6/7/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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'In this moment, I had to be there' — Patricia Lockwood on writing about the life and death of a child

The privilege of writing about the loss of a child: Women's Prize shortlisted author Patricia Lockwood on No One Is Talking About This which is laugh-out-loud funny in the first half, and is cry-out-loud devastating in the second half. And Sincerely, Ethel Malley in which Stephen Orr resuscitates the great Australian literary hoax of Ern Malley but with a twist: he reimagines a life for Ern's made-up sister, a woman called Ethel.
5/31/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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'In this moment, I had to be there' — Patricia Lockwood on writing about the life and death of a child

The privilege of writing about the loss of a child: Women's Prize shortlisted author Patricia Lockwood on No One Is Talking About This which is laugh-out-loud funny in the first half, and is cry-out-loud devastating in the second half. And Sincerely, Ethel Malley in which Stephen Orr resuscitates the great Australian literary hoax of Ern Malley but with a twist: he reimagines a life for Ern's made-up sister, a woman called Ethel.
5/31/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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'If felt new and it was hard' — Jhumpa Lahiri on writing in Italian

Indian American writer, Jhumpa Lahiri, has made her name writing fiction in English, but in recent years she has been writing in Italian including her latest, Whereabouts, which she also translated into English. Also, Ella Baxter on how her writing relates to her artistic practice making death shrouds and philosopher Hugh Breakey on his philosophical romance The Beautiful Fall.
5/24/202148 minutes, 30 seconds
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'If felt new and it was hard' — Jhumpa Lahiri on writing in Italian

Indian American writer, Jhumpa Lahiri, has made her name writing fiction in English, but in recent years she has been writing in Italian including her latest, Whereabouts, which she also translated into English. Also, Ella Baxter on how her writing relates to her artistic practice making death shrouds and philosopher Hugh Breakey on his philosophical romance The Beautiful Fall.
5/24/202148 minutes, 30 seconds
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Shaun Tan finds the sublime in the ordinary

Oscar winner, Shaun Tan, tells of his appreciation of seemingly ordinary objects, like a bar of soap, and how he applies mindfulness to his practice as a writer and painter.
5/17/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Shaun Tan finds the sublime in the ordinary

Oscar winner, Shaun Tan, tells of his appreciation of seemingly ordinary objects, like a bar of soap, and how he applies mindfulness to his practice as a writer and painter.
5/17/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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'I'm a restless writer' Nikki Gemmell on tackling colonial gothic horror

Nikki Gemmell wants to challenge herself as a writer so her latest is a colonial gothic horror called The Ripping Tree, written over seven years while raising four children. Meanwhile, Emily Maguire tackles hoarding, consent and climate change in Love Objects, a novel that also celebrates the intense love people can feel for children that are not their own. And Martin McKenzie-Murray explains the inspiration for The Speechwriter, a satire set in the near future featuring rogue, sentient PlayStations.
5/10/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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'I'm a restless writer' Nikki Gemmell on tackling colonial gothic horror

Nikki Gemmell wants to challenge herself as a writer so her latest is a colonial gothic horror called The Ripping Tree, written over seven years while raising four children. Meanwhile, Emily Maguire tackles hoarding, consent and climate change in Love Objects, a novel that also celebrates the intense love people can feel for children that are not their own. And Martin McKenzie-Murray explains the inspiration for The Speechwriter, a satire set in the near future featuring rogue, sentient PlayStations.
5/10/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Alaa Al Aswany's story of Egyptian revolution and Madeleine Ryan, Rebecca Lim and Huda Hayek

Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany fictionalised account of the Egyptian revolution, Rebecca Lim gives writing advice to Huda Hayek and Madeleine Ryan's neurodiverse character.
5/3/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Alaa Al Aswany's story of Egyptian revolution and Madeleine Ryan, Rebecca Lim and Huda Hayek

Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany fictionalised account of the Egyptian revolution, Rebecca Lim gives writing advice to Huda Hayek and Madeleine Ryan's neurodiverse character.
5/3/202154 minutes, 7 seconds
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Unforgettable school girls with Booker shortlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga and Emily Spurr

Unforgettable school girls with Booker shortlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga's story of pre-independence Zimbabwe, and another from modern day Australia with Emily Spurr.
4/26/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Unforgettable school girls with Booker shortlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga and Emily Spurr

Unforgettable school girls with Booker shortlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga's story of pre-independence Zimbabwe, and another from modern day Australia with Emily Spurr.
4/26/202154 minutes, 6 seconds
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Pod Extra with Stella Prize winner Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld's The Bass Rock has won the 2021 Stella Prize for Australian women's writing.
4/22/202127 minutes, 33 seconds
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Pod Extra with Stella Prize winner Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld's The Bass Rock has won the 2021 Stella Prize for Australian women's writing.
4/22/202127 minutes, 33 seconds
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Stella prize shortlist on climate change, male violence, racism and pandemics

Meet all six of the Stella Prize shortlisted writers whose books speak to Australia right in this moment.
4/19/202153 minutes, 46 seconds
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Stella prize shortlist on climate change, male violence, racism and pandemics

Meet all six of the Stella Prize shortlisted writers whose books speak to Australia right in this moment.
4/19/202153 minutes, 46 seconds
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George Saunders' lessons from the Russian masters

Booker winner George Saunders shares writing tips from the Russian masters, Debra Oswald's ethical conundrum in The Family Doctor and Pakana man, Adam Thompson's, debut collection Born Into This.
4/12/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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George Saunders' lessons from the Russian masters

Booker winner George Saunders shares writing tips from the Russian masters, Debra Oswald's ethical conundrum in The Family Doctor and Pakana man, Adam Thompson's, debut collection Born Into This.
4/12/202154 minutes, 5 seconds
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Women called witches with Fernanda Melchor and Lucy Jago

Mexican writer Fernanda Melchor speaks about her novel Hurricane Season which was shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize, Lucy Jago's 17th century scandal and Christy Collins's debut.
4/5/202153 minutes, 39 seconds
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Women called witches with Fernanda Melchor and Lucy Jago

Mexican writer Fernanda Melchor speaks about her novel Hurricane Season which was shortlisted for the 2020 International Booker Prize, Lucy Jago's 17th century scandal and Christy Collins's debut.
4/5/202153 minutes, 39 seconds
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Ethan Hawke's passionate fourth novel

Ethan Hawke's fourth novel A Bright Ray of Darkness is about an actor as his world implodes, Tabitha Bird on embracing the magical and Kavita Bedford's coming of age Sydney novel.
3/28/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ethan Hawke's passionate fourth novel

Ethan Hawke's fourth novel A Bright Ray of Darkness is about an actor as his world implodes, Tabitha Bird on embracing the magical and Kavita Bedford's coming of age Sydney novel.
3/28/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Pod Extra with Pip Williams's Book of the Year

Pip Williams's debut novel The Dictionary of Lost Words has been named the Book of the Year for the 2021 Indie Book Awards.
3/23/202114 minutes, 6 seconds
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Pod Extra with Pip Williams's Book of the Year

Pip Williams's debut novel The Dictionary of Lost Words has been named the Book of the Year for the 2021 Indie Book Awards.
3/23/202114 minutes, 6 seconds
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Feminist retelling of Beowulf and author of The Cry

Maria Dahvana Headley has dusted off Beowulf with a new translation and author of The Cry, Helen Fitzgerald, has a new thriller centred around a boarding school.
3/21/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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Feminist retelling of Beowulf and author of The Cry

Maria Dahvana Headley has dusted off Beowulf with a new translation and author of The Cry, Helen Fitzgerald, has a new thriller centred around a boarding school.
3/21/202154 minutes, 2 seconds
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Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jane Harper and Chloe Wilson on uncomfortable truths

Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen on his latest novel The Committed, we ask what it takes to write crime fiction and Chloe Wilson's powerful collection of short stories.
3/14/202153 minutes, 47 seconds
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Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jane Harper and Chloe Wilson on uncomfortable truths

Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen on his latest novel The Committed, we ask what it takes to write crime fiction and Chloe Wilson's powerful collection of short stories.
3/14/202153 minutes, 47 seconds
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Brit Bennett live at the Perth Festival of Literature and Ideas

The author discusses her latest book The Vanishing Half, the complexities of race relations in America, her writing process and making the cover of Time Magazine.
3/7/202153 minutes, 47 seconds
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Brit Bennett live at the Perth Festival of Literature and Ideas

The author discusses her latest book The Vanishing Half, the complexities of race relations in America, her writing process and making the cover of Time Magazine.
3/7/202153 minutes, 47 seconds
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Befriending the unknowable with Kazuo Ishiguro and Shaun Tan

From artificial intelligence to man's best friend; exploring relationships with beings we may never understand but love nevertheless.
2/28/202153 minutes, 25 seconds
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Befriending the unknowable with Kazuo Ishiguro and Shaun Tan

From artificial intelligence to man's best friend; exploring relationships with beings we may never understand but love nevertheless.
2/28/202153 minutes, 25 seconds
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Maggie O'Farrell and Claire Thomas on women and theatre

Plus a chat with debut novelist Gary Lonesborough on his book, The Boy From The Mish.
2/21/202153 minutes, 54 seconds
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Maggie O'Farrell and Claire Thomas on women and theatre

Plus a chat with debut novelist Gary Lonesborough on his book, The Boy From The Mish.
2/21/202153 minutes, 54 seconds
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Exploring discomfort with Max Porter, Kim Scott and Rebecca Starford

Max Porter joins Claire to talk about his new book The Death of Francis Bacon and why there is a "certain ecstasy" in thinking about the human body as meat.
2/14/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Exploring discomfort with Max Porter, Kim Scott and Rebecca Starford

Max Porter joins Claire to talk about his new book The Death of Francis Bacon and why there is a "certain ecstasy" in thinking about the human body as meat.
2/14/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Robert Jones Jr., Michael Brissenden and the world of royal fiction

A historical look at black, queer love; a deep dive into the genre of Royal fiction and a crime novel set in the seedy streets of 1980s Sydney.
2/7/202152 minutes, 59 seconds
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Robert Jones Jr., Michael Brissenden and the world of royal fiction

A historical look at black, queer love; a deep dive into the genre of Royal fiction and a crime novel set in the seedy streets of 1980s Sydney.
2/7/202152 minutes, 59 seconds
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Charles Yu and Peace Adzo Medie challenging stereotypes in fiction

A taste of African chick lit, authors confess their love for Dungeons and Dragons and a book that reads like a movie script.
1/31/202153 minutes, 58 seconds
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Charles Yu and Peace Adzo Medie challenging stereotypes in fiction

A taste of African chick lit, authors confess their love for Dungeons and Dragons and a book that reads like a movie script.
1/31/202153 minutes, 58 seconds
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Writing Black Lives Matter for young readers with Angie Thomas and Maxine Beneba Clarke

How do you take stories of injustice and rage centred around Black Lives Matter and put them on the page for children?
1/24/202153 minutes, 32 seconds
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Writing Black Lives Matter for young readers with Angie Thomas and Maxine Beneba Clarke

How do you take stories of injustice and rage centred around Black Lives Matter and put them on the page for children?
1/24/202153 minutes, 32 seconds
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Kate Grenville and Julie Janson's different takes on Australian history

Two novelists, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous, talk about the same period of Australia's colonial history.
1/17/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Kate Grenville and Julie Janson's different takes on Australian history

Two novelists, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous, talk about the same period of Australia's colonial history.
1/17/202154 minutes, 3 seconds
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Andrew O'Hagan, Jessie Tu and Jane Austen-inspired fiction

Scottish writer Andrew O'Hagan speaks about the very personal story behind his coming-of-age novel Mayflies, set in Thatcher's Britain to a background of New Order and The Smiths.
1/10/202153 minutes, 57 seconds
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Andrew O'Hagan, Jessie Tu and Jane Austen-inspired fiction

Scottish writer Andrew O'Hagan speaks about the very personal story behind his coming-of-age novel Mayflies, set in Thatcher's Britain to a background of New Order and The Smiths.
1/10/202153 minutes, 57 seconds
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Masterclass with Tim Winton, Arundhati Roy, Michael Ondaatje and more

Some of the biggest names from the writing world share their top writing tips.
1/3/202154 minutes, 4 seconds
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Masterclass with Tim Winton, Arundhati Roy, Michael Ondaatje and more

Some of the biggest names from the writing world share their top writing tips.
1/3/202154 minutes, 4 seconds
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Muscogee Creek Nation poet Joy Harjo

The 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo belongs to the Muscogee Creek Nation and is also a musician and playwright.
12/27/202054 minutes, 4 seconds
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Muscogee Creek Nation poet Joy Harjo

The 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, Joy Harjo belongs to the Muscogee Creek Nation and is also a musician and playwright.
12/27/202054 minutes, 4 seconds
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Novel inspirations with Celeste Ng, Pip Williams and Chris Flynn

Meet Celeste Ng author of Little Fires Everywhere, Mammut, the talking fossil, and hear from Pip Williams about her popular debut novel.
12/20/202053 minutes, 56 seconds
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Novel inspirations with Celeste Ng, Pip Williams and Chris Flynn

Meet Celeste Ng author of Little Fires Everywhere, Mammut, the talking fossil, and hear from Pip Williams about her popular debut novel.
12/20/202053 minutes, 56 seconds
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Helen Garner's diary and the future of fiction

Helen Garner on writing in her diary in this troubled year and authors reflect on the impacts of coronavirus on the future of fiction.
12/13/202053 minutes, 44 seconds
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Helen Garner's diary and the future of fiction

Helen Garner on writing in her diary in this troubled year and authors reflect on the impacts of coronavirus on the future of fiction.
12/13/202053 minutes, 44 seconds
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From Karachi to Kamchatka - literary travel with Roddy Doyle, Arundhati Roy, Elizabeth Strout and more

In the year that international travel was cancelled, this literary world tour might be the next best thing.
12/6/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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From Karachi to Kamchatka - literary travel with Roddy Doyle, Arundhati Roy, Elizabeth Strout and more

In the year that international travel was cancelled, this literary world tour might be the next best thing.
12/6/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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Racism and belonging with Rumaan Alam and Rawah Arja

Rumaan Alam's literary thriller, Rawah Arja's Punchbowl Boys High drama and young women star in debut coming of age novels.
11/29/202055 minutes, 24 seconds
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Racism and belonging with Rumaan Alam and Rawah Arja

Rumaan Alam's literary thriller, Rawah Arja's Punchbowl Boys High drama and young women star in debut coming of age novels.
11/29/202055 minutes, 24 seconds
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Dawn French on questions of motherhood

What makes someone a mother? Dawn French and Kate Mildenhall explore this question, and we have a writer's hotline with Luke Horton and James Bradley.
11/22/202053 minutes, 35 seconds
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Dawn French on questions of motherhood

What makes someone a mother? Dawn French and Kate Mildenhall explore this question, and we have a writer's hotline with Luke Horton and James Bradley.
11/22/202053 minutes, 35 seconds
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Christos Tsiolkas's life of writing

A special in-depth interview with Christos Tsiolkas that digs deep into his origins as a writer.
11/19/202021 minutes, 32 seconds
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Christos Tsiolkas's life of writing

A special in-depth interview with Christos Tsiolkas that digs deep into his origins as a writer.
11/19/202021 minutes, 32 seconds
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Meet the 2020 Booker winner Douglas Stuart

The Scottish American writer Douglas Stuart has won the prestigious Booker Prize.
11/19/20209 minutes, 42 seconds
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Meet the 2020 Booker winner Douglas Stuart

The Scottish American writer Douglas Stuart has won the prestigious Booker Prize.
11/19/20209 minutes, 42 seconds
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Art and redemption with Sofie Laguna, Douglas Stuart and Ken Follett

The redemptive power of art with Sofie Laguna, Booker shortlisted author Douglas Stuart and how Ken Follett learnt to write bestsellers.
11/15/202054 minutes, 4 seconds
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Art and redemption with Sofie Laguna, Douglas Stuart and Ken Follett

The redemptive power of art with Sofie Laguna, Booker shortlisted author Douglas Stuart and how Ken Follett learnt to write bestsellers.
11/15/202054 minutes, 4 seconds
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Pivoting to fiction with Nardi Simpson, Avni Doshi and Richard Osman

Three writers who've all had successful non-literary careers on their pivot to fiction with Indigenous singer songwriter Nardi Simpson, Booker shortlisted author Avni Doshi and TV presenter Richard Osman.
11/8/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Pivoting to fiction with Nardi Simpson, Avni Doshi and Richard Osman

Three writers who've all had successful non-literary careers on their pivot to fiction with Indigenous singer songwriter Nardi Simpson, Booker shortlisted author Avni Doshi and TV presenter Richard Osman.
11/8/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Neil Gaiman, Diane Cook and Malcolm Knox on life changing moments

Neil Gaiman on blogging and wearing black, Booker shortlisted author Diane Cook and Malcolm Knox on changing Australian beach culture.
11/1/202053 minutes, 50 seconds
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Neil Gaiman, Diane Cook and Malcolm Knox on life changing moments

Neil Gaiman on blogging and wearing black, Booker shortlisted author Diane Cook and Malcolm Knox on changing Australian beach culture.
11/1/202053 minutes, 50 seconds
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Other lives with Matt Haig, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Elizabeth Tan

Matt Haig on the challenges of writing about mental illness, Booker shortlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga and Elizabeth Tan's quirky short stories.
10/25/20202 minutes, 16 seconds
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Other lives with Matt Haig, Tsitsi Dangarembga and Elizabeth Tan

Matt Haig on the challenges of writing about mental illness, Booker shortlisted author Tsitsi Dangarembga and Elizabeth Tan's quirky short stories.
10/25/20202 minutes, 16 seconds
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Crazy times with Kevin Kwan

In this pod extra, meet novelist Kevin Kwan, the man who introduced readers to the world of Singapore's ultra rich in his hit trilogy Crazy Rich Asians.
10/22/202053 minutes, 31 seconds
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Crazy times with Kevin Kwan

In this pod extra, meet novelist Kevin Kwan, the man who introduced readers to the world of Singapore's ultra rich in his hit trilogy Crazy Rich Asians.
10/22/202053 minutes, 31 seconds
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American dreaming with Ayad Akhtar, Brandon Taylor and Yaa Gyasi

Just weeks away from the American election, three American writers on religion, a search for identity, racial injustice and the comfort of science.
10/18/20202 minutes, 38 seconds
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American dreaming with Ayad Akhtar, Brandon Taylor and Yaa Gyasi

Just weeks away from the American election, three American writers on religion, a search for identity, racial injustice and the comfort of science.
10/18/20202 minutes, 38 seconds
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Tsitsi Dangarembga

This Mournable Body (Faber & Faber) by Zimbabwe novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga, is the final instalment in Dangarembga's Tambu trilogy which has followed Tambudzai since she was a girl in the 1960s Rhodesia, pre-independence. Now in her 30s, Tambu is trying to make a life for herself in Harare but is faced with constant obstacles that thwart her self-fulfilment and which are a metaphor for Zimbabwe as a whole.
10/15/20200
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Douglas Stuart

Shuggie Bain (Picador, Pan Macmillan) is the debut novel by Scottish American author Douglas Stuart. It traces the working class origins of Shuggie Bain growing up in the squalid council flats of Glasgow. The family is abandoned by his father and, after his siblings find an escape, Shuggie is left to care for his alcoholic mother and try to make a path for himself.
10/15/20200
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Diane Cook

The New Wilderness (Oneworld Publications) is the debut novel of American author Diane Cook. It's another story about motherhood, but this one is set in a dystopian future ravaged by climate change. Bea has taken her young daughter Agnes out of the suffocating, polluted city and they must learn to survive in the wilderness with another community. 
10/15/20200
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Brandon Taylor

Real Life (Originals, Daunt Books Publishing), the debut novel of American Brandon Taylor, explores the ructions in the life of Wallace, a black, queer biochemistry student whose life is framed by the institutional racism at his predominantly white, mid-west university.
10/15/20200
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Avni Doshi

Burnt Sugar (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House) is the debut novel by Indian American, Avni Doshi. It begins with this excoriating line: "I would be lying if I said my mother's misery has never given me pleasure." Set in Pune, India, it's about the toxic mother-daughter relationship between Antara and her mother who has Alzheimer's, however, both question each other's memories.
10/15/20200
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Maaza Mengiste

The Shadow King (Canongate Books) by Ethiopian American, Maaza Mengiste, is set during Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935 and is about the little-known history of the female fighters in this war. The story follows the young maid Hirut as her life is transformed and shaped by the invasion. This the first time a novel by an Ethiopian author has been shortlisted for the award and it's Mengiste's second book.
10/15/20200
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Sky whispering with Trent Dalton, Maaza Mengiste and Cressida Cowell

Trent Dalton explains the concept of sky whispering, Booker shortlisted author Maaza Mengiste and Cressida Cowell's charmed childhood summers on a Viking island.
10/11/202059 minutes, 43 seconds
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Sky whispering with Trent Dalton, Maaza Mengiste and Cressida Cowell

Trent Dalton explains the concept of sky whispering, Booker shortlisted author Maaza Mengiste and Cressida Cowell's charmed childhood summers on a Viking island.
10/11/202059 minutes, 43 seconds
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Craig Silvey's real life inspiration for Honeybee

The true story behind Craig Silvey's novel Honeybee, a novel inspired by Picnic at Hanging Rock and Laura Elvery's homage to women scientists.
10/4/202053 minutes, 36 seconds
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Craig Silvey's real life inspiration for Honeybee

The true story behind Craig Silvey's novel Honeybee, a novel inspired by Picnic at Hanging Rock and Laura Elvery's homage to women scientists.
10/4/202053 minutes, 36 seconds
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Brexit and small town murder with Nick Hornby and Jane Harper

Nick Hornby on the Brexit vote and writing diversity, Jane Harper's take on crime writing success and Campbell Whyte's massive graphic novel project.
9/28/202053 minutes, 55 seconds
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Brexit and small town murder with Nick Hornby and Jane Harper

Nick Hornby on the Brexit vote and writing diversity, Jane Harper's take on crime writing success and Campbell Whyte's massive graphic novel project.
9/28/202053 minutes, 55 seconds
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Love, friendship and octopuses with Andrew O'Hagan and Erin Hortle

Andrew O'Hagan's latest novel Mayflies, debut author Imbi Neeme and Erin Hortle's octopus encounter.
9/21/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Love, friendship and octopuses with Andrew O'Hagan and Erin Hortle

Andrew O'Hagan's latest novel Mayflies, debut author Imbi Neeme and Erin Hortle's octopus encounter.
9/21/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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History near and far with Caoilinn Hughes and Jock Serong

Caoilinn Hughes' deep dive into the 2008 Irish financial crisis and Jock Serong's investigation of a 19th century shipwreck.
9/14/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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History near and far with Caoilinn Hughes and Jock Serong

Caoilinn Hughes' deep dive into the 2008 Irish financial crisis and Jock Serong's investigation of a 19th century shipwreck.
9/14/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stories of love, pain and history with John Boyne and Jing-Jing Lee

John Boyne's novel that spans 2000 years, a debut novel about growing up Guyanese in Australia and Jing-Jing Lee on her novel about the Japanese occupation of Singapore.
9/7/202054 minutes, 42 seconds
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Stories of love, pain and history with John Boyne and Jing-Jing Lee

John Boyne's novel that spans 2000 years, a debut novel about growing up Guyanese in Australia and Jing-Jing Lee on her novel about the Japanese occupation of Singapore.
9/7/202054 minutes, 42 seconds
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Revealing truths with Elizabeth Strout and Frances Cha

Elizabeth Strout on Olive Kitteridge, the writer's room of fantasy author Juliet Mariller and Frances Cha's book about young women of Seoul.
8/31/202053 minutes, 51 seconds
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Revealing truths with Elizabeth Strout and Frances Cha

Elizabeth Strout on Olive Kitteridge, the writer's room of fantasy author Juliet Mariller and Frances Cha's book about young women of Seoul.
8/31/202053 minutes, 51 seconds
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Daring debuts with Charlie Kaufman and Jessie Tu

American screenwriter Charlie Kaufman pivots to the novel and Australian Jessie Tu's bold debut.
8/24/202053 minutes, 36 seconds
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Daring debuts with Charlie Kaufman and Jessie Tu

American screenwriter Charlie Kaufman pivots to the novel and Australian Jessie Tu's bold debut.
8/24/202053 minutes, 36 seconds
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Predicting a pandemic with Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright on his novel The End of October about a pandemic that starts in Asia and sweeps the world in 2020.
8/17/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Predicting a pandemic with Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright on his novel The End of October about a pandemic that starts in Asia and sweeps the world in 2020.
8/17/202054 minutes, 6 seconds
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Stardom in the spotlight with Anne Enright

Anne Enright's novel about the theatre, authors on writing the difficult second novel and Tommy Wieringa's obsession with small villages.
8/10/202053 minutes, 53 seconds
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Stardom in the spotlight with Anne Enright

Anne Enright's novel about the theatre, authors on writing the difficult second novel and Tommy Wieringa's obsession with small villages.
8/10/202053 minutes, 53 seconds
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Love and Les Mis with Roddy Doyle and Kester Grant

Irish novelist Roddy Doyle on Love, Vogel winner KM Kruimink has a writer’s hotline and Les Misérables inspired fantasy fiction.
8/3/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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Love and Les Mis with Roddy Doyle and Kester Grant

Irish novelist Roddy Doyle on Love, Vogel winner KM Kruimink has a writer’s hotline and Les Misérables inspired fantasy fiction.
8/3/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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Kate Grenville and Julie Janson's different takes on Australian history

Two novelists, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous, talk about the same period of Australia's colonial history.
7/27/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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Kate Grenville and Julie Janson's different takes on Australian history

Two novelists, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous, talk about the same period of Australia's colonial history.
7/27/202054 minutes, 5 seconds
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Music and language with David Mitchell and Tara June Winch

David Mitchell celebrates the power of music in Utopia Avenue, Jane Austen inspired fiction and Tara June Winch, winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Award.
7/20/202054 minutes, 33 seconds
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Music and language with David Mitchell and Tara June Winch

David Mitchell celebrates the power of music in Utopia Avenue, Jane Austen inspired fiction and Tara June Winch, winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin Award.