Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Monthly Book – November 2013 – Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

Here’s the video and a transcript of my interview with Christos Tsiolkas, author of Barracuda. The Monthly Book for November is  a big-hearted social realist novel set in Melbourne. You might have read Tsiolkas’ previous novel, 2008’s The Slap; his analysis of middle-class Australian culture and its relationship to the subcultures around it was a worldwide […]

Alice Munro, 2013 Nobel Laureate in an interview with Ramona Koval, Books & Writing 2005

Transcript Ramona Koval: Hello, welcome to Books and Writing. I’m Ramona Koval, and you’re on ABC Radio National. This week: a conversation with a writer who’s been hailed all over the world as the best living writer of short stories. Jonathan Franzen has argued in The New York Times that she’s the best writer of […]

Video and transcript of my interview with Richard Flanagan on his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is Richard Flanagan’s novel which I have chosen as November’s Monthly Book. You can watch it here or read the transcript below: Heroism, goodness, mateship, war, enmity, class, memory, self-delusion, passion, guilt, honour and loyalty – these are just some of the themes in this month’s Monthly Book, […]