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Ranjana Srivastava, Peter Farrar, Barry Divola and Steve Holden


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Readers are spoilt for choice: bookshops are overflowing with the great, the good (and the rest), and it could not be harder to choose what to read next.

Every fortnight, let Debut Mondays be your guide. Come and have a glass of wine and discover the best new writers around.


Peter Farrar

Peter’s first book is a collection of short stories called The Nine Flaws of Affection. Peter Farrar’s work has been published in Overland, Island, Wet Ink, Etchings, Page Seventeen and dotdotdash. His stories deal with a variety of topics, including living in a dying country town, waking from a... Read more

Barry Divola

Barry Divola is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and author of Nineteen Seventysomething. Barry Divola writes for various Australian publications including Rolling Stone, Who and the Sydney Morning Herald. He’s written Fanclub and The Secret Life of Backpackers as well as three childrens books... Read more

Ranjana Srivastava

Dr Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist, Fulbright scholar and award-winning author. She is a Walkley Award finalist for her columns on medicine and humanity in the Guardian. Her honours include the Human Rights Literature Prize and a medal of the Order of Australia for her contribution the field of ... Read more

Steve Holden

Steve Holden is the author of The Bird in the Egg and Other Stories, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards – Steele Rudd Award. His award- winning short fiction has been published in Best Australian Stories, Quadrant, Southerly, Westerly, Island, Voices, Sunday ... Read more


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