Category The Monthly Book

David Malouf at 80 – The Monthly Book – April 2014

You’ll find the video of my interview with David Malouf here , and the transcript below. On the occasion of David Malouf’s 80th birthday, his writing is a reason for celebration. It’s not that he should get a prize for just turning up day after day for 80 years but that he continues to nourish us with his […]

March Monthly Book – A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing.

The Monthly Book for March is Eimear McBride’s novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (Text Publishing). Here is my interview with Eimear McBride and the notes and transcript appear below. Rarely do you find a new book that breaks new ground, but Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing (Text) does just that. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]