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The Monthly Book, July 2014, Anne Manne’s The Life of I

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, […]

Margaret Drabble in conversation with RK at The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne

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.

The Monthly Book – June 2014 – The Claimant by Janette Turner Hospital

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 […]

The Monthly Book – May 2014 – Francine Prose – Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris, 1932

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 […]

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 […]