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Book talk and author interviews aimed at helping you discover your next favourite read, presented by Good Reading Magazine.

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Book talk and author interviews aimed at helping you discover your next favourite read, presented by Good Reading Magazine.

    Hayley Katzen on bushfires and belonging in her memoir 'Untethered'

    Hayley Katzen on bushfires and belonging in her memoir 'Untethered'

    When urban academic Hayley Katzen moves to a remote Australian cattle property to live with her farmer girlfriend, she hopes, at last, to find home.

    But this is no happy-ever-after tree change. Lecture halls, law reform and the arts are replaced with castrating calves, shovelling manure, fire-fighting and anti-gas blockades. In a place that attracts people who live by their own rules, Hayley must confront her limitations and preconceptions to forge her own identity.

    Grab a copy of Untethered here: https://bit.ly/2VFwZh9

    • 27 min
    Lucy Worsley on a lifetime of loving Jane Austen

    Lucy Worsley on a lifetime of loving Jane Austen

    Anna Austen has always been told she must marry rich. Her future depends upon it. While her dear cousin Fanny has a little more choice, she too is under pressure to find a suitor.

    But how can either girl know what she wants? Is finding love even an option? The only person who seems to have answers is their Aunt Jane. She has never married. In fact, she's perfectly happy, so surely being single can't be such a bad thing?

    The time will come for each of the Austen girls to become the heroines of their own stories. Will they follow in Jane's footsteps?

    In this episode, historian Lucy Worsley chats to Erin Christie about her love of history and Jane Austen, and how she plans to pass this on to the next generation of young girls through her writing.

    • 29 min
    Jon Doust on the misadventure of a lifetime in 'Return Ticket'

    Jon Doust on the misadventure of a lifetime in 'Return Ticket'

    It’s 1972. When hot-headed, impetuous Jack Muir gets off the ship in Durban, he fails to get back on. Instead, he sails into misadventure, fleeing the stifling town of Genoralup to try to lose himself in South Africa at the height of apartheid. But the past has a way of catching up with you, and soon Jack is running again, this time to a kibbutz in Israel.

    In the course of a lifetime, Jack will travel far, always caught between fleeing from and seeking those things he needs: a mother’s precious gift, a lover in a time of war, the loss of a child, a kind and steady woman.

    And, across time and across continents, old Jack Muir will remember those who helped him become a decent man, a better father and a friend.

    In this episode, Western Australian author Jon Doust chats with Greg Dobbs about 'Return Ticket', the final book in his trilogy that began with the Booker longlisted 'Boy on a Wire'.

    Grab a copy: https://bit.ly/2Y9AZIj

    • 21 min
    Fiona Harris & Mike McLeish on tackling schoolyard drama in their parental comedy 'The Drop-Off'

    Fiona Harris & Mike McLeish on tackling schoolyard drama in their parental comedy 'The Drop-Off'

    Lizzie, Megan and Sam became accidental friends over good coffee, banter and wrong-world jokes at school drop off. Lizzie is a part-time midwife with four kids and a secret past. Sam is an ex-chef and stay-at-home dad with an absent, high-flying corporate wife. Megan is an ex-model single mum with a thriving online business and no time for loneliness. None of them have much interest in their school community, but when tragedy deals Baytree Primary's reputation a potentially crippling blow, this unlikely trio have to step up. Forced out of their respective comfort zones, Lizzie, Megan and Sam learn more about each other, the school and themselves than they thought possible.

    Beginning as a short-form web series, 'The Drop-Off' by performing/writing duo Fiona Harris and Mike McLeish has been adapted to a full length novel. Max chatted about the journey from screen to page, and working together as a married couple.

    Grab a copy: https://bit.ly/2VGjAoZ

    • 24 min
    Shannon Molloy on 'Fourteen', his memoir of growing up gay in Central Queensland

    Shannon Molloy on 'Fourteen', his memoir of growing up gay in Central Queensland

    [CONTENT WARNING: This podcast features discussions of homophobia, mental health and suicide. Furthermore, the intro contains homophobic slurs/language, violence and references to suicide. If you'd like to skip this section, skip to 1:20 in the podcast.]

    The debut book of Sydney-based Journalist and reporter Shannon Molloy, 'Fourteen' is a story about his fourteenth year of life as a gay kid at an all-boys rugby-mad Catholic school in regional Queensland. It was a year of torment, bullying and betrayal – not just at the hands of his peers, but by adults who were meant to protect him.

    Shannon joined Max Lewis to chat about the cathartic process of writing the book, the unfortunate fate of Safe Schools and how it may have helped a teenager like him, and the best pop bangers of the late 90s.

    Grab a copy of Fourteen: http://bit.ly/2VYGEjj

    • 24 min
    Lauren Chater on telling the untold story of a classic in 'Gulliver's Wife'

    Lauren Chater on telling the untold story of a classic in 'Gulliver's Wife'

    From the author of 'The Lace Weaver' comes a new historical fiction novel, drawing from the unseen character of a Jonathan Swift's classic 'Gulliver's Travels'.

    London, 1702. When her husband is lost at sea, Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, is forced to rebuild her life without him. But three years later when Lemuel Gulliver is brought home, fevered and communicating only in riddles, her ordered world is turned upside down.

    Grab a copy of Gulliver's Wife: http://bit.ly/3adcZH4

    • 19 min

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lil_miss_freo ,

Well Done GR!

I love the GR podcasts! I always read the GR magazines and now to have the podcasts which are linked to them is just awesome. Angus is a great interviewer who asks relevant and thought-provoking questions. Cant wait for more podcasts! Well done GR!!!

pete_jd1988 ,

Brill, warm interviews

Brill, warm interviews with great guests and great questions! Keep it up GR team 👍🏽

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