Tag Archives: non-fiction

The Monthly Book for October – Erik Jensen’s Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen

This month’s Monthly Book is Erik Jensen’s Acute Misfortune: The life and death of Adam Cullen (Black Inc.). You’ll find an interview with him here, and the transcript below. This is Jensen’s first book, a finely written account of the self-destructive, charismatic Australian painter who won the Archibald Prize for portraiture in 2000 and died […]

The Monthly Book – September 2014 – Helen Garner’s This House of Grief

The Monthly Book for September is master storyteller Helen Garner’s new non-fiction work: the devastating, utterly compelling This House of Grief (Text Publishing). Here’s my interview with Helen Garner conducted at the Opening night event of the Melbourne Writers Festival. (The transcript appears below.) Helen Garner begins This House of Grief in a time-honoured way, with […]

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, […]

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 […]

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.

Thanks Shelf Awareness USA for this lovely review!

This is a great site for all things books and publishing. Here is their review of By the Book.

My interview with Lloyd Jones on A History of Silence – The Monthly Book for September

Transcript: Lloyd Jones in Conversation with Ramona Koval Watch the interview here. RAMONA KOVAL: Lloyd Jones, welcome to the Monthly Book. LLOYD JONES: Thank you, Ramona RK: Well, you and I have known each other for probably 20 years or so. Would it surprise you to hear me say that writing a memoir would not […]

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 […]

Transcript of my interview with Anna Krien on Night Games for The Monthly Book

Anna Krien – Night Games – Black Inc. For those who like to read rather than, or as well as watch: RAMONA KOVAL: Anna, you’ve written about the conflict over Tasmanian forests, about justice and our treatment of animals, and now in this new book, Night Games, about sex, consent and power in the heady […]

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 […]