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Ramona Koval has benignly ruled the literary airwaves for years, entering lounge rooms across the country as host of ABC Radio National’s The Book Show. Find out how books have made her who she is – and which ones she loves most – as she discusses By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life.

Ramona will share the authors who have written themselves into her life, from Oliver Sacks to Christina Stead, and talk reading, poetry, travel and love. Release your inner book nerd with our first lady of letters.

Ramona will be in conversation with Cate Kennedy.


Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely. Her first collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for t... Read more

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer who has worked as a journalist and broadcaster. Her most recent books are A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future, Bloodhound: Searching For My Father, and By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life (all published by Text). She was the editor of two volumes ... Read more


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