Australian Literature 102: Shirley Hazzard: The Transit of Venus
This Australian classic follows the lives of two Australian orphans, Caro and Grace Bell, who move to England in search of a better life. It’s a heartbreaking tale of unrequited passionate longing.
In this session, Michelle De Kretser (Questions of Travel, winner of the Miles Franklin Award 2013) discusses her affection and appreciation for Shirley Hazzard’s masterpiece with host James Ley (Sydney Review of Books).
James Ley holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Western Sydney. He has been a professional literary critic for fifteen years.
Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka, educated in Melbourne and Paris, and lives in Sydney. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award for Questions of Travel.