Midday Shot: Ramona Koval
Ramona Koval is one of Australia’s most loved literary figures, thanks to her many years ruling the Radio National airwaves as the host of The Book Show. She’s famous for shining the spotlight on her bookish guests, at the ABC and as the host of The Monthly’s book club.
In her new book, Bloodhound, the interviewer extraordinaire gets personal, inviting us on an intimate journey to track down her father.
Ramona’s parents were Holocaust survivors who resettled in Melbourne. As a child, she suspected that the man who raised her was not her biological father. In the 1990s, long after her mother’s death, she decided to discover the truth – and a phone call led to a photograph in the mail, tea with strangers, and travel that spanned a meeting with a horse whisperer in tropical Queensland, rural Poland, and a Kafkaesque bureaucracy.
In conversation with Hilary Harper, discover how Ramona uncovered the truth, and why it was so important to her.
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.
From humble beginnings as 774 ABC Melbourne’s traffic reporter, where she inserted occasional haiku into the breakfast show, Hilary Harper now presents the Saturdays morning show. From food and sustainability to relationships, pets and gardening, she explores how the little things in life reveal much about us.