Janette Turner Hospital is one of Australia’s most respected authors, with eight novels and four short-story collections to her name. A resident of South Carolina now, she has taught fiction at universities across the world, and her work has won numerous international prizes.
Janette’s latest novel is The Claimant. The story revolves around the real-life case of the search for the heir to the Vanderbilt fortune. In 1996 a court case was launched in New York that drew enormous media attention. Its aim was to establish if the long-presumed dead son of the Vanderbilt family was in fact living incognito as a cattle farmer in Queensland. Exploring the elusive nature of identity, The Claimant is sure to be one of the most talked-about releases of the year.
In an appropriately mid-morning appearance at the Wheeler Centre, Janette Turner Hospital will discuss her new book over morning tea. A great opportunity to share a cuppa with one of the giants of Australian literature.
Ramona Koval is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and editor. She is an Honorary Fellow at the centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne.
Janette Turner Hospital is the author of eight novels and four short story collections, most recently Forecast: Turbulence. Her books have been published in multiple languages.