Q&As and Interviews posts

Elke Power interviews Antonia Hayes

by Elke Power

Antonia Hayes talks with Elke Power about relative truth and her debut novel, Relativity.

EP: Your debut novel, Relativity, has been likened to A Beautiful Mind and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. However, it seems likely that another comparison will be hard to avoid, and that is between Relativity and Christos Tsiolkas’ award-winning, bestselling novel The Slap. Without wan…

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Q&A with Helen Macdonald

Bronte Coates talks with Helen Macdonald about her award-winning memoir, H is for Hawk. In H is for Hawk, you decide to train a goshawk (Mabel) in response to the grief you felt at your father’s death. Would you now recommend this decision to others?

Ha! No, I don’t recommend it at all. Training and free-flying a captive-bred goshawk was my own rather eccentric way of dealing with bereavement…

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Interviews with our Readings Children’s Book Prize Shortlist 2015

We interviewed all six of the six shortlisted authors for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. The winner of the Readings Children’s Book Prize will be announced at midday on Tuesday 16 June! Meet A.L. Tait, author of The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race to the End of the World

What were you like as a kid?

“I think the best word to use would be ‘self-contained’. I was a skinny, freckled, …

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An interview with Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on The Train

The Girl on the Train has been one of our bestselling books over the past few months. Here, we chat to the author Paula Hawkins about her popular novel. You said recently in a New York Times interview that this book was ‘a last roll of the dice for me as a fiction writer’. Can you tell us a little more about that – the feeling that it was now or never?

Before I wrote The Girl on the Train, I’…

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Interview with Emily Bitto

Emily Bitto has been named the winner of the 2015 Stella Prize for her debut novel, The Strays. Find out more here. What does winning the Stella Prize mean to you?

Winning the Stella Prize is one of the most incredible, life-changing things that’s ever happened to me. I’m only just beginning to contemplate what it will mean in terms of my career as a writer, but even being on the shortlist ha…

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Chris Gordon interviews Alice Zaslavsky

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon chats with local foodie Alice Zaslavsky about her new fact-filled, kid-friendly cookbook. Alice, it’s all going on for you! You must be super busy with your new book, your television show, your new business, being the face of Prahran Market – and goodness, do you have time to relax?

Ha! When you put it like that, it does sound like I should have way less time on my hands. I’m pre…

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Martin Shaw interviews Rebecca Starford

by Martin Shaw

Rebecca Starford’s Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying and Boarding School is generating much excitement at Readings. After numerous sleep-deprived staff members turned up to work unable to think or speak of anything else, Martin Shaw decided to go straight to the source for the story behind this fantastic debut. Here, Martin and Rebecca discuss how this extraordinary memoir came about.

MS: I’…

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Inside the world of online romance scams

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon interviews Sofija Stefanovic about her new short book You’re Just Too Good To Be True (part of the Penguin Special series). You’re Just Too Good To Be True is an investigation into the world of online romance scams, specifically those that target lonely seniors.

I thought You’re Just Too Good To Be True was brilliant, and sad actually – a sad indictment on today’s society.


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Mark Rubbo interviews Peter Carey

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo chats to Peter Carey about his new novel

Amnesia seems to me to be about Australia’s relations with the US: it begins with the little known Battle of Brisbane in 1942, which saw fighting between Australian and US troops over two days, but the novel also includes a substantial critique by one of the characters of the US role in Gough Whitlam’s dismissal. Is…

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Kate Jennings interviews Erik Jensen

by Kate Jennings

On one point Erik Jensen is emphatic when discussing his book Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen: ‘This book is not about art. It’s a character study.’ Adam Cullen was a Sydney artist who flamed out in his forties on alcohol and drugs. He won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of David Wenham but was also notorious for his headline bad-boy behaviour. Because I live in New York,…

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