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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 […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]