Our latest interviews

Michael Sala

by Martin Shaw

Michael, I loved your book – congratulations on a fine debut. But love’s a loaded word isn’t it in the context of this novel? We hang on to it in our kin and other close relationships - sometimes as a “last thread” – but there can be a whole history of devastations under its veneer. Maybe I should say then: I loved the steadfastness you exhibit in your examination of a sometimes quite gut-wrenchi

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Rosalie Ham

by Michelle Griffin

Rosalie Ham made her name with her much-loved debut, The Dressmaker, continuing her success with Summer at Mount Hope. It’s been more than five years between novels now – but both fans and newcomers to Ham’s dark wit and stubborn characters will embrace There Should Be More Dancing, a novel set in her home suburb of Brunswick. The Age’s Michelle Griffin spoke to Rosalie Ham for Readings’ New Aus

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Vikki Wakefield

by Jo Case, editor of the Readings Monthly newsletter

Jo Case interviews Adelaide author Vikki Wakefield about her edgy, darkly funny YA debut novel, All I Ever Wanted.

Your teenage heroine, Mim, is the one straight girl in a notorious crime family, longing to escape her surrounds and fascinated by the brother and sister from the fringes of her dodgy suburb, “glossy with the sheen of parental love”. It’s such an inventive premise – a bit like Under

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Peter Salmon

by Kabita Dhara

[missing asset]*Kabita Dhara interviews Australian author and former editor of our* Readings Monthly newsletter, Peter Salmon, about his pitch-black satirical debut novel, The Coffee Story.

Teddy Everett, the head of the Everett and Sons Coffee company, is telling his ‘coffee story’ from his deathbed. As his story progresses, the reader becomes aware of how unreliable Teddy’s narrative is, and h

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Mary Horlock

by Andrew McDonald

Hanif Kureishi has called Mary Horlock’s novel The Book of Lies ‘an unforgettable and brilliant debut’. We think highly of it as well as you can see in our review of the book. Phoebe Bond spoke with the author about childhood in Guernsey, the German Occupation of the island during WW2 and the challenges of writing unreliable narrators.

You were born in Australia but grew up in Guernsey in the C

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Malcolm Knox

by Fiona Capp

Malcolm Knox is the author of three novels, Summerland, A Private Man and Jamaica. He is also a Walkley Award-winning journalist and the author of one non-fiction book, Secrets of the Jury Room, an account of his experience as a juror, and a history of the jury system. He spoke to Fiona Capp about his latest, much-anticipated novel, The Life.

The first thing that hits you when you open Malcolm K…

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Georgia Blain

by Phoebe Bond

Phoebe Bond talks to Georgia Blain about her new novel Too Close To Home, writing about and engaging with the politics of the times and the challenges of being a non-Aboriginal writer writing Aboriginal characters.

This is the first adult novel you’ve written in seven years. How did the writing of this book compare to previous novels? Can you talk a bit about the impetus to write Too Close To H

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Craig Sherborne

by Jon Bauer

Craig Sherborne is an extraordinary Australian writer – one who burst onto the local literary scene with an impressive splash with his childhood memoir, Hoi Polloi, in 2005, followed by its adolescent-based sequel, Muck (2007). His many fans include J.M. Coetzee, Clive James and Hilary Mantel, while Australia’s most famous literary critic, Peter Craven, called him ‘one of nature’s writers’. His m

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S.J. Watson

by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

Jo Case, editor of the Readings Monthly newsletter, interviews S.J. Watson about his debut psychological thriller Before I Go to Sleep, which was borne out of the Faber Academy writing program in the UK.

Your narrator, Christine, is afflicted with a rare kind of amnesia, in which her memory can only retain the events of the day. Each time she wakes, she starts her identity from scratch, not kn

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Geraldine Brooks

by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo speaks to author of People Of The Book and March Geraldine Brooks, about her new novel Caleb’s Crossing.

All of your novels are based on historical events and explore big themes. In Caleb’s Crossing, it’s the clash of cultures and beliefs. Do you have an idea of issues you want to explore and then find the event to suit, or does the event inform the explorat

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