News & Events

* Upcoming events:

* Join me at #ANTIDOTE,
@SydOperaHouse’s festival of ideas, action and change, on Sunday 1 September for a conversation on Antisemitism Here and Now with @deborahlipstadt. Tickets on sale now:

* It’s been very quiet around here as I have spent the last three years on the draft of my new book. However, I have an essay, Goodbye and Good Luck in a new collection, Split: True Stories of Leaving, Loss and New Beginnings, Edited by Lee Kofman, Ventura Press (2019), and there will be various appearances and interviews to do with this in the coming months. Stay tuned.

My new book Bloodhound: Searching for my Father was recently published by Text Publishing

* Ramona Koval at Adelaide Writers’ Week, 5pm, Thursday , March 3rd, 2016

An intriguing and emotional journey, at times the memoir reads like a highly acclaimed literary mystery as Koval enlightens us in a very warm congenial tone. Identity and belonging and eventually the truth. Unputdownable, I savoured every page. A truly evocative read. Clare Calvet, Nightlife, ABC Local Radio.

“Journalist Ramona Koval has carved a reputation as a consummate book critic and interviewer. Her passion for storytelling and sharp analysis is turned inwards in Bloodhound: Searching for My Father, in which she asks herself: what is my life story? Bloodhound takes a darker turn than her previous memoir,By the Book, by focusing on her damaged relationship with her father, a Jew who emigrated from Poland to Australia after World War II. Koval suspects he might not be her biological father and this book follows the journey as she tries to solve this mystery. In her younger years, Koval worked as a geneticist. Her accessibly written forays into the science of DNA and familial lineages, and what makes us who we are, is beautifully intertwined with her meditations on identity and belonging. Koval also seamlessly blends first-hand testimonies and documents from the war into her family history. Throughout the book Koval notes that her archival research has started to affect her emotional wellbeing. Readers too will be deeply shocked by the atrocities outlined in Bloodhound. Such shock, however, is an important reminder that history should never be forgotten, and that books like Bloodhound should continue being written for generations to come.” Emily Laidlaw from Bookseller + Publisher


  1. marie marchetti · · Reply

    Dear Ramona, When will The World until Yesterday be discussed on-line? I loved the various encounters that took place about The Childhood of Jesus, even though I wasn’t mad about the novel. Jared Diamond’s book is proving to be of great interest and I am looking forward to anthropologists, sociologists and other experts perhaps exploring the ideas it raises and providing me with greater insights. Thanks for embarking on this terrific project, Marie Marchetti.

    1. Hi Marie,
      the discussion of this book on The Monthly Book will be on Tuesday May 29th at 8pm.
      I hope you can join us then – anthropologist Associate Professor Martha Macintyre will be my studio guest.
      My interview with Jared Diamond is viewable now at

  2. Dear Ramona, We would love to have you at our Book Club to talk about your new book: ‘Bloodhound: Searching for My Father’. Do you think you could come? It is in December 2015.

    1. Hi Tanya,
      All my appearances are organized by Jane Novak my publicist at Text. So get in contact with her. Email is on contact page.

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