In her 2004 debut, How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff wrote about the impacts of war on children; about trauma and childhood sexuality, about resilience and suffering. Her extraordinary narrator, 15-year-old Daisy, was a memorable and celebrated creation and How I Live Now went on to win several awards. It is also currently being adapted for the screen. As the Observer put it, Rosoff had created an instant classic, and brought Young Adult literature legions of new fans.
Since then, her follow-up books – including Just in Case and What I Was – have been similarly acclaimed, exploring unflinchingly the nature of longing and growing up, the ‘impossible intensity of love and its dog-leaping happiness, the bleak blackness of passions unrequited, or unexpressed, or unresolved.’ In Melbourne for one event only, the celebrated and award-winning author for young adults talks to Mike Shuttleworth.