Kathy Lette pioneered smart, funny fiction with a frivolous edge (and a feminist flavour). In 2012’s The Boy Who Fell to Earth, Lette’s character Lucy has more to manage than most: she’s trying to rejuvenate her long-wilted love life while raising her adorable-but-challenging autistic son. Told in Kathy’s irascible style, with her signature wit and warmth, this novel springs from emotional truth: Kathy, too, has an autistic son.
In this video, Kathy unleashes her hyperactive wit and talks fiction, humour and autism with Monica Dux.
Monica Dux is a columnist with the Age, and the author of Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting) (2013), co-author of The Great Feminist Denial (2008), and editor of the forthcoming anthology Mothermorphosis (April 2015). She can be heard regularly on ABC radio and 3RRR, and has published widely, especially on women’s issues. Monica is a founding board member of the Stella Prize.
Kathy Lette divides her time between being a full-time writer, demented mother and trying to find a shopping trolley that doesn’t have a clubbed wheel.