Category Reviews

Lovely review of Bloodhound in Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Canberra Times

Bloodhound review: Ramona Koval goes in search of her father Melinda Harvey Published: May 22, 2015 – 11:40AM Bloodhound: Searching for my Father RAMONA KOVAL TEXT, $32.99 Bloodhound is an investigation into the interdependency of the personal life narratives we construct for ourselves, and the rights but also responsibilities these narratives entail. It begins with […]

Wonderful review of Bloodhound in The Australian

In Bloodhound, Ramona Koval tracks down family secrets by: Felcity Plunkett ,The Australian ,April 25, 2015 12:00AM Ramona Koval’s embarks on a quest to discover the truth of her parentage. Source: News Corp Australia Ramona Koval describes herself as a ‘‘professional asker of questions’’. A much-loved presenter of ABC Radio National’s erstwhile programs Books and […]

Elizabeth Harrower’s The Catherine Wheel (now a Text Classic) – my introduction

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 New Yorker reviews my book Speaking Volumes.

A great start to 2014! Here’s The New Yorker’s review of literary interview books including my “Speaking Volumes: conversations with remarkable writers”, published by Scribe.

The Monthly Book, September: Lloyd Jones – A History of Silence

At 20 Stone Street, little was known about anything except spot welding, knitting, rugby and the right time to plant cabbages and put in the tomatoes. The residue of family lore is light. Some of it sticks. But it is like learning an isolated fact, such as Moscow being the capital of Russia. One grandfather […]

Interview with philosopher Rai Gaita on J.M.Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus

Here’s the video of this interview – the transcript appears below: RAMONA KOVAL: Well, it’s wonderful to be welcoming Rai Gaita to the Monthly Book to speak about our first choice for 2013, and that’s JM Coetzee’s The Childhood of Jesus. Now, normally, Rai, We’d be speaking to the author, but, as you know, JM Coetzee […]

The Monthly Book for June: Night Games by Anna Krien

Watch my conversation with writer Anna Krien about her new book Night Games. It’s our Monthly Book for June,  a razor-sharp analysis of how sport reflects our culture. The book centres on an incident that occurred in the wake of the 2010 AFL Grand Final: after Collingwood’s post-match celebrations, a young woman accuses a young […]