Playing with Fire by Ramona Koval   One of the great pleasures of my reading life has been the relatively recent discovery of the work of Elizabeth Harrower. I was a child when she was first published, and by the time I was a serious reader she had stopped submitting her work for publication, aside […]

The Monthly Book for September is master storyteller Helen Garner’s new non-fiction work: the devastating, utterly compelling This House of Grief (Text Publishing). Here’s my interview with Helen Garner conducted at the Opening night event of the Melbourne Writers Festival. (The transcript appears below.) Helen Garner begins This House of Grief in a time-honoured way, with […]

Here’s my interview with Anne Manne, author of The Life of I, this month’s Monthly Book. Book Notes: What made the young Norwegian Anders Breivik explode a bomb in central Oslo and then arm himself with weapons, travel to an island gathering of young members of the Norwegian Labour Party and open fire on them, […]

Here’s a video of my conversation with English novelist, memoirist and literary critic Margaret Drabble. We are speaking about her novel The Pure Gold Baby. Sadly, no transcript is available.

Here’s the latest Monthly Book interview (transcript below): Janette Turner Hospital talking about her new novel The Claimant. It’s a book about spies and collaborators, about art and religion, and its focus is a fictional court case in the late 20th century over a family fortune and the search for a lost heir. Its concern […]

Here’s the script for my Postcard from Melbourne, written for BBC Radio 4’s Open Book. Listen to it here. Hello from Melbourne here at the bottom of the world where our newish government has just delivered its first budget and for those with a literary bent, all eyes were on the status of the Prime […]

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 – Francine Prose This month’s Monthly Book is a novel set in the dark and somewhat seamy depths of Paris in the 1930s. My interview with Francine Prose can be found here. The transcript appears below. Francine Prose’s Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 was inspired by […]

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