In-depth conversations with the best fiction writers from Australia and around the world.
How Val McDermid's time as a newspaper journalist inspired a new crime series
Scottish crime writer Val McDermid's new book, 1979, is the beginning of a new series inspired by her own experience as a newspaper journalist in the 1970s and 80s.
Also, to celebrate International Day of People With Disability we have some recommendations for speculative fiction novels that centre disabled characters, and
Creative lives of a Booker, Stella and Nobel winner — Bernardine Evaristo, Charlotte Wood and Abdulrazak Gurnah
"I never sunk into complacency in any aspect of my life." Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo on her latest book, Manifesto, about her unconventional path to success.
Also, Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood on cultivating a rich inner life in The Luminous Solution, and the 2021 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Abdulrazak Gurnah, on how he became a writer.
Christos Tsiolkas on beauty and art
"I can't separate the erotic and the sensual from the beautiful." Melbourne Prize for Literature winner, Christos Tsiolkas on his latest novel 7½ which explores what it means to be a writer and the role of beauty in fiction.
Also, Rebecca Starford and Steven Carroll on the real life characters that inspired their World War II novels, The Imitator and O.
Hannah Kent and Susanna Clarke on love and loneliness
Author of Burial Rites and The Good People, Hannah Kent says she wanted to look at human connection in her latest novel Devotion. It's another historical novel but is a love story about two girls whose love transcends rules, religion, and even crosses an ocean.
Also, the British author, Susanna Clarke, was the winner of this year's Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel Piranesi. She talks about writing the book while living with a chronic illness.
Pod extra with Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut
Booker Prize winner Damon Galgut on his award winning novel The Promise.
Literary powerhouses Richard Powers and Michelle de Kretser on their latest novels
"Everyday could be a day of unthinkable richness if we just keep still, attend and be present to what the place that we live in wants to do." Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers talks about the power of wilderness to centre his characters in Bewilderment, his Booker Prize-shortlisted novel.
Also, two time winner of the Miles Franklin, Michelle de Kretser, on her new book, Scary Monsters which is a book in two parts, with two front covers, and is an exploration of the migrant experience.
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