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Books and Ideas at Montalto
Set in a rural farming community, Jane Harper’s debut novel, The Dry, is a tightly-spun and suspenseful thriller. It tells the story of a Federal Police investigator who returns to his hometown after two decades of urban exile – tasked with examining the apparent murder-suicide of his childhood friend’s family. As he works his way through the drought-stricken settlement…
Partners in Crime: Tom and Meg Keneally
How do you bond with your dad? Go to the cricket? Walk the dogs? How about writing a book together? How about writing twelve books together?
That’s what Meg Keneally has been doing with her dad, although it’s not such a strange idea in her case. Meg’s father is an icon of Australian literature, a Booker Prize-winner, a Miles Franklin-winner…
Working with Words: Jock Serong
Jock Serong is the author of two novels, Quota and The Rules of Backyard Cricket. He lives and works on the far south-west coast of Victoria and is also the editor of Great Ocean Quarterly. We caught up with Jock to talk criticism, crime writing and the contract between reader…
Matthew Reilly on Books, Blockbusters and Blowing Stuff Up
Self-publishing success stories don’t come more spectacular than the story of action-thriller writer Matthew Reilly.
In 1996, aged 22, the Sydney-based writer took out a bank loan to self-publish his first novel, Contest, after his manuscript was rejected by all major Australian publishers. A commissioning editor at Pan Macmillan stumbled across a copy of Contest in 1997, and the…
Hannah Kent: The Good People
Hilary Harper and Hannah Kent
Since 2013, with the international success of her debut novel, Burial Rites, Hannah Kent’s name is often mentioned in the same breath as Hilary Mantel or Geraldine Brooks; masters of literary historical fiction. Burial Rites, about a woman executed for murder in Iceland in 1830, was translated into 20 languages and won a swag of prestigious awards, including the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award.
As the co-founder and publishing director of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings, Kent has worked hard to champion the work of new literary voices and continues to do so. Geraldine Brooks mentored Kent through the development of the Burial Rites manuscript; now Kent mentors emerging writers herself.
This month sees the release of her second novel, The Good People. In the new book, Kent returns to the 1800s, and to the northern hemisphere. The action is set in south-western Ireland and is again inspired by a true story.
Join us for a conversation with one of Australia’s brightest literary stars. With Hilary Harper, Hannah discusses the revival of historical fiction, Australia’s literary landscape, the tangled politics of representation/characterisation and her fascination with troubled women in cold climes.
Holly Throsby: Goodwood
Holly Throsby is best known as a musician. Since making her debut with the 2004 album On Night, the Sydney-based singer-songwriter has enjoyed a fruitful and varied life in music – she’s released another four solo records (including See!, an album for children), collaborated with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann on Seeker Lover Keeper, been nominated for…
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