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The Story of My Book: Maureen McCarthy on The Convent

by Maureen McCarthy

Maureen McCarthy tells us about her new YA novel, The Convent, which is set in Melbourne and follows the lives of four women from the same family.

The Convent had been on my mind well before I’d put pen to paper. Recently I found a note to myself dated November 1991.

Must look closer into where Mum grew up! How come she ended up in the Abbotsford Convent? What actually happened to her moth

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The Story of my Book: Black Spring by Alison Croggon

by Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon talks about the process of writing her new Young Adult novel, Black Spring.

It’s hard to know when a book begins. Perhaps Black Spring began when I was six years old and running over the bone-strewn turf of the Cornish moors with my sisters. I remember the boundless feeling of freedom: I loved the wind rushing over the bare hills, the granite tors that thrust out of the ground…

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Q&A with Michelle de Kretser, author of Questions of Travel

by Bronte Coates

Michelle de Kretser chats with Bronte Coates about her new novel, Questions of Travel.

As the title suggests, the characters in your book are fascinated with the idea of travel and what it means to society. Do you feel you have any answers on why this fascination is so prevalent?

My best guess is that it comes from a real or perceived lack in our lives. Millions of people leave home because…

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Literary News Bites

by Mark Rubbo

Did you ‘Get Reading’ last month? Don’t know what I’m talking about? Get Reading! (formerly Books Alive) is an initiative of the Federal Government, administered by the Australia Council to encourage reluctant and lapsed readers to, well, get reading!

If you’ve missed it and are reading this, then that’s probably OK, because it wasn’t aimed at you. The Get Reading! campaign had its genesis in th…

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Building Stories with Chris Ware

by Bronte Coates

Chris Ware’s Building Stories has been called ‘one of the best arguments for the survival of print’. Here, Bronte chats about what it’s actually like to read.

Building Stories is the imaginative, inventive and kind-of-intimidating new release from Chris Ware, the author of the widely-acclaimed Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. I’m hesitant to call Building Stories a ‘book’ when it’s…

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Q&A with Craig Silvey, author of The Amber Amulet

by Jessica Au

Craig Silvey chats with Jessica Au about his new book, The Amber Amulet.

Tell us about writing The Amber Amulet – where did the idea start for you?

Curiously enough, for a story that boasts an astonishing amount of pseudo-science, featuring, as it does, a boy-hero named The Masked Avenger who believes he can absorb and adopt the dormant energy embedded in geological items, and that this in …

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The Story of My Book: Jaclyn Moriarty on A Corner of White

by Jaclyn Moriarty

Some books defy neat categories. Jaclyn Moriarty tells us the story behind her new novel, A Corner of White, which you’ll find in our Young Adult section as well as in Fiction.

There’s a guy who writes for the New York Times and a few months back he said that he would never read a ‘young adult’ book. Or only once he’d finished the last 3,000 years of fiction for adults. Which I suppose he …

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The Way We Work: Nick Earls and Terry Whidbourne on Word Hunters

by Emily Gale

How do authors and illustrators work together? Author Nick Earls and illustrator Terry Whidbourne discuss their relationship during the making of Word Hunters: The Curious Dictionary, a terrific new book for ages 9+.

NE: From the start, I felt as if I only wanted to go ahead with Word Hunters if it was a chance to work with Terry and could be a genuine collaboration. I wanted someone with a …

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Helen Garner talks with Cate Kennedy about her latest collection, Like a House on Fire

by Helen Garner

Cate Kennedy returns to the well-fortified ground of the short story with a new collection, Like a House on Fire. Here, she chats with Helen Garner.

It was at the Wheeler Centre’s first Gala Storytelling night, when she stood on the Town Hall stage with barely a scrap of paper and rocked a crowd, that I saw what a natural Cate Kennedy is. She has the feel for shape and pace, the mastery of the…

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Q&A with A.S. Patrić, author of Las Vegas for Vegans

by Ryan O’Neill

Ryan O’Neill talks to A.S. Patrić about his new collection, Las Vegas for Vegans.

Las Vegas for Vegans is your second collection to be published in two years, following on from The Rattler and Other Stories. Do you see your new collection as a continuation of the themes you explored in The Rattler or more of a departure?

A book often has a particular dynamic. If I was to characterise both …

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