Gala Night of Storytelling 2016: The Book that Changed Me: Susan Carland

The Book that Changed Susan Carland: Victor Hugo's Les Miserables

At the 2016 Gala Night of Storytelling, Australian studies researcher Susan Carland shares the story of the book that changed her life: Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.

I don’t remember the first time I read Les Miserables, but what I do remember is how deeply a particular scene in the book affected me. It’s an exchange between two characters that was so unexpected and such an example of how someone can exemplify audacious grace, that I couldn’t stop turning it over in my head for days afterwards. Even now, I often reflect on that moment and what I can learn from it.

Susan Carland


Portrait of Susan Carland

Susan Carland

Susan Carland is a lecturer and researcher at Monash University’s National Centre for Australian Studies, and the author of Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism (2017).