Love & logic: Graeme Simsion on The Rosie Project

Text Publishing (buy paperback / ebook) This feature interview was first published in The Big Issue no. 425 The main character in the novel, The Rosie Project, has difficulty understanding social cues. 'Wherever Don goes, chaos will follow', says the author, Graeme Simsion. Don Tillman is a professor of genetics at the University of Melbourne, undertaking a … Continue reading Love & logic: Graeme Simsion on The Rosie Project

Football & figuring out: Paul D Carter on Eleven Seasons

This is cross-posted from the Melbourne Writers Festival 2012 blog. Paul D Carter’s debut novel Eleven Seasons was the Australian/Vogel Literary Award winner for 2012. It’s a coming-of-age story set in the ’80s/’90s about Jason Dalton—Hawks supporter and burgeoning player—struggling to find room to breathe and grow and be himself. I asked Carter some questions about the novel: … Continue reading Football & figuring out: Paul D Carter on Eleven Seasons

Guest review: Portia Lindsay on Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten

Scribe Publications, 9781921844140, July 2011, Australia Melanie Joosten’s debut novel is a taut and intimate psychological thriller. Clare meets Andi while on a working holiday in Berlin and they immediately share a strong attraction. At Andi’s behest, Clare decides to delay travelling on to Dresden, but their intense connection quickly morphs into a more sinister … Continue reading Guest review: Portia Lindsay on Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten

Mystery, strangeness and coming-of-age: an interview with Christopher Currie, author of The Ottoman Motel

  Text Publishing, May 2011, 9781921758164 (Aus, US, UK) The parents of a young boy disappear in a small, strange town called Reception, in Christopher Currie's atmospheric debut novel The Ottoman Motel. The townfolk don't seem to be trying too hard to find Simon's parents, and it isn't the first disappearance in the area. Currie's debut … Continue reading Mystery, strangeness and coming-of-age: an interview with Christopher Currie, author of The Ottoman Motel

Guest review: Sam Cooney on Clinton Caward’s Love Machine

Love Machine Clinton Caward Hamish Hamilton (Penguin) February 2010, Australia 9781926428024 Reviewed by Sam Cooney. I first encountered Clinton Caward’s writing last year in the lit journal Cutwater; his two short stories punched me in the gut with their corrosive and compelling strength, and the accompanying author interview struck some chords. (Indeed, I said so … Continue reading Guest review: Sam Cooney on Clinton Caward’s Love Machine