7 episodes

What is the secret to writing a really juicy biography? Author Caroline Baum interviews   seasoned players and persistent newcomers who share their experience of navigating
sensitive territory in the search for the real story behind a person’s life. Whether they are writing about the famous or the forgotten, whether their version of events is authorised or
unauthorised, biography is a high-stakes quest full of twists and turns.

Life Sentences Podcast Caroline Baum

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

What is the secret to writing a really juicy biography? Author Caroline Baum interviews   seasoned players and persistent newcomers who share their experience of navigating
sensitive territory in the search for the real story behind a person’s life. Whether they are writing about the famous or the forgotten, whether their version of events is authorised or
unauthorised, biography is a high-stakes quest full of twists and turns.

    The Galloping Garbo: Patrick Skene on Olsen Filipaina

    The Galloping Garbo: Patrick Skene on Olsen Filipaina

    Sport has produced very few worthwhile biographies that are not just PR. But Patrick Skene has written a multi-faceted portrait of pioneer Pasifika rugby league player Olsen Filipaina, exploring his deep Maori/Samoan identity. His closeness to his mother and his wife helped him withstand the setbacks and racist slurs that plagued his career.

    Producers: Jennifer Macey and David Roach

    Life Sentences is a Two Heads Media production

    Music: Blue Dot Sessions

    www. carolinebaum.com.au

    All the books in this series are available from good bookshops and online.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min
    Light and Shadow: Helen Ennis on Olive Cotton

    Light and Shadow: Helen Ennis on Olive Cotton

    In this episode, feminist biographer Helen Ennis talks about the life of photographer Olive Cotton and how she addressed her subject’s natural reticence and modesty to bring the attention she deserved to a major Australian artist of the 20th century. 

    Life Sentences is a Two Heads Media production

    Producers: David Roach and Jennifer Macey

    Music: Blue Dot Sessions

    www.carolinebaum.com.au

    All the books in this series are available from good bookshops and online.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min
    High Society: Robert Wainwright on Enid and Sheila

    High Society: Robert Wainwright on Enid and Sheila

    In this episode, Robert Wainwright talks about the gold he found in archives while researching the story of Sheila Chisholm, a  glamorous Australian who became intimate with the royal family and how that led him to his next subject, Enid Lindeman, another prominent figure in the most exclusive circles.

    Life Sentences is a Two Heads Media production

    Producers: David Roach and Jennifer Macey

    Music: Blue Dot Sessions

    www.carolinebaum.com.au

    All the books in this series are available from good bookshops and online.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min
    That's not what I said: Jacqueline Kent on Vida Goldstein

    That's not what I said: Jacqueline Kent on Vida Goldstein

    In this episode, Caroline talks to biographer Jacqueline Kent about wrangling a subject’s  relatives and  dealing with critics as part of of her experience writing the biographies of Julia Gillard and early Australian feminist Vida Goldstein.

    Life Sentences is a Two Heads Media production

    Producers: David Roach and Jennifer Macey

    Music: Blue Dot Sessions

    www.carolinebaum.com.au

    All the books in this series are available from good bookshops and online.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    Breakdown: Mark Mordue on Nick Cave

    Breakdown: Mark Mordue on Nick Cave

    In this episode,  Caroline talks to Mark Mordue about the personal cost of spending ten years writing about musician Nick Cave, why he decided to alter his original concept of what the biography should be, focussing on Cave’s childhood and adolescence and his access to Cave’s friends and family.

    Life Sentences is a Two Heads Media production

    Producers: David Roach and Jennifer Macey

    Music: Blue Dot Sessions

    www.carolinebaum.com.au

    All the books in this series are available from good bookshops and online.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 55 min
    Atonement: Cassandra Pybus on Truganini

    Atonement: Cassandra Pybus on Truganini

    In this episode, Caroline talks to controversial Tasmanian historian and essayist Cassandra Pybus about her unique connection to Truganini, one of the most famous First Nations figures in the island’s history. Cassandra  corrects several misconceptions about Truganini’s life at a time of brutal change. 

    Life Sentences is a Two Heads Media production

    Producers: David Roach and Jennifer Macey

    Music: Blue Dot Sessions

    www.carolinebaum.com.au

    All the books in this series are available from good bookshops and online.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Mick OD ,

A couple of pros

So good to hear two people who really know about chasing the story telling it like it is

Horace Grump ,

Welcome change from true-crime podcasts

Provides fascinating insights into both the life of the biography’s subject and into the process of writing the bio.

Any possibility you might also interview biographers from other countries in future episodes?

napossum ,

Loved it

So enjoyed listening to this. Apparently effortless conversations, rich with ideas and insight. A lovely balance between host and guest

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