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Cheryl Akle discusses the world with her favourite authors.
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    • 4.2 • 258 Ratings

Cheryl Akle discusses the world with her favourite authors.
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    Robbi Neal: on cancer, family and overcoming hardship

    Robbi Neal: on cancer, family and overcoming hardship

    Robbi Neal talks to Cheryl Akle about her experience with cancer, and how her latest novel, The Secret World of Connie Starr, was influenced by her family. 
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    • 25 min
    Carrie Cox: on marriage, love and loss

    Carrie Cox: on marriage, love and loss

    Journalist and author Carrie Cox talks to Cheryl Akle about how she uses fiction as a vessel to explore marriage and long term relationships. Her latest novel, So Many Beats of the Heart, is out now.  


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    • 28 min
    Annabel Abbs: on why we need more food in fiction

    Annabel Abbs: on why we need more food in fiction

    Annabel Abbs talks to Cheryl Akle about their shared love of cookbooks and why there needs to be more food in fiction. Her latest novel, The Language of Food, is out now. 
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    • 29 min
    Catherine Deveny: on honesty, dyslexia and being an ‘arts tradie’

    Catherine Deveny: on honesty, dyslexia and being an ‘arts tradie’

    Catherine Deveny talks to Cheryl Akle about growing up with dyslexia, being an ‘arts tradie’, and how honesty is easy. Her memoir, True North, is out now.


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    • 27 min
    Averil Kenny: on her deep connection to rural life

    Averil Kenny: on her deep connection to rural life

    Averil Kenny talks to Cheryl Akle about growing up in rural Australia and how this bleeds into her writing. Her latest novel, The Girls of Lake Evelyn, is out now. 
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    • 30 min
    Stella Rimington: on her experience as Director General of MI5

    Stella Rimington: on her experience as Director General of MI5

    Bestselling author Stella Rimington DCB talks to Cheryl Akle about her experience as Director General of the MI5 and how this translates into her writing. Her latest thriller, The Devil's Bargain, is out now.
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
258 Ratings

258 Ratings

OulaGh ,

Entertaining and informative

I stumbled across this podcast 2 years ago and got hooked on it. I like the quick, casual and mixed format. We learn a bit about the author, a bit about the book, a bit about its background and a bit about Cheryl which is fun. These podcasts introduce to me the best authors read in Australia and by now largely determine what I read. Cheryl dies the homework for me. Best wishes

SavannahY ,

Disappointed in the host!!

Stumbled across this podcast, and listened to Kerry Tuckers episode. I must say, I’ve never felt so uncomfortable after finishing a podcast!!

Kerry attempts to speak about her personal experience with the prison system. Although what she did would have affected many people, she owns her story and accepts responsibility for the crime she committed. We would all have to appreciate that it would have been a traumatic time for her and her family, but the interviewer couldn’t have cared less about the steps Kerry took to get her life back on track!

The whole way through the episode, there was constant interruption from the host, and little to no interest in letting the speaker finish their sentences. Cheryl was rude, and lacked any empathy or sympathy that is required to successfully interview someone with such an interesting story. The judgement of the host was overwhelmingly obvious from the tone used when asking questions.

Unbiased journalism is not a concept in this episode, and it made me so upset how the person being interviewed was portrayed by the host. We don’t know anything about this person, or the circumstances that led her to commit the crime she did, and neither does the host. Very disappointed :(

Dogwalker J ,

Essential listening!

We all say something is essential reading... well for readers, this is essential listening.

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