Better Reading Podcast

Stories Behind the Story with Better Reading

Stories Behind the Story with Better Reading

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Cheryl Akle discusses the world with her favourite authors.

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Josephine Moon

Apr 16, 2019 00:28:16

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Josephine Moon joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss ‘Uplit’, Authors for Farmers and the writing community, and her latest book The Gift of Life.

Mary-Anne O'Connor

Apr 15, 2019 00:28:29

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Mary-Anne O'Connor joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss growing up in a large, creative family, getting published, and her latest book In a Great Southern Land.

 

J.R. Lonie

Apr 10, 2019 00:26:02

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J.R. Lonie, author of The Woman From Saint Germain, joins Cheryl Akle on this week's podcast to talk about writing, screenwriting, and when it’s time to call yourself a writer.

 

 

Todd Alexander

Apr 8, 2019 00:31:25

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Todd Alexander, the author of eleven books, joins Cheryl Akle on this week’s podcast to talk about leaving the city to run a boutique accommodation business and vineyard in the Hunter Valley, and his new book  Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga.

Jacqueline Harvey

Apr 3, 2019 00:22:53

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Jacqueline Harvey joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss her passion for education, her bestselling Alice-Miranda series and her latest book for kids, Kensy and Max 3: Undercover.

Chris Hammer

Apr 3, 2019 00:33:16

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Chris Hammer, Australian journalist and bestselling author of hit crime novel, Scrublands, joins Cheryl Akle on this week's podcast to talk about Chris's move from non-fiction to fiction, and the real-life trip around Australia that inspired Chris to write Scrublands. 

Amy Goldstein

Mar 30, 2019 00:41:58

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American writer Amy Goldstein joins Cheryl Akle to discuss her 2018 book, Janesville, a compelling and insightful portrait of one town in America's heartland, struggling to regain its footing after the closure of its General Motors plant in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Together, Amy and Cheryl discuss the hollowing of the American middle class, the decline of the American Dream, and what Amy learnt from her time in Janesville. 

 

Sulari Gentill

Mar 29, 2019 1952

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Acclaimed Australian author Sulari Gentill joins Cheryl Akle on this week's podcast to talk about her latest novel, All the Tears in China, and about Sulari's fascinating life and colourful career, which has seen her move from astrophysics to law to writing. 

Zack McDermott

Mar 27, 2019 2341

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Zack McDermott, Brooklyn public defender turned author, joins Cheryl Akle to discuss his memoir Gorilla and the Bird, a book that details his recovery after a devastating psychotic break. Together they discuss the stigma surrounding mental illness, and the steps he now takes to maintain his mental health. 

Toby Walsh

Mar 27, 2019 2451

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Toby Walsh, one of the world's leading researchers in Artificial Intelligence, joins Cheryl Akle to talk about his book It's Alive! Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots. Together they discuss the scientific problems we need to solve in order to advance artificial intelligence technologies, and how scientists are developing these technologies. 

Tayari Jones

Mar 27, 2019 1463

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Tayari Jones, American author, joins Cheryl Akle to talk about her book An American Marriage. Together they discuss how Tayari came to be a writer, and the intricacies of human relationships. 

Kate Young

Mar 24, 2019 1924

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This week, Kate Young, award-winning food writer and cook, joins Cheryl Akle to discuss her book The Little Library Cookbook. Together they talk about Kate's love of all things food and literature, and how she came to be a successful food writer.

Kerri Turner

Mar 21, 2019 00:23:08

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Kerri Turner, historical fiction author, joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss her debut novel, The Last Days of the Romanov Dancers. Together they discuss Kerri's colourful career as both a dancer and writer, how her travel has informed her writing, and the importance of female representation in historical fiction. 

Fiona Lowe

Mar 18, 2019 00:26:30

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Fiona Lowe, award-winning Australian author, joins Caroline Overington (standing in for Cheryl Akle) this week to discuss her latest novel Home Fires. Together they discuss Fiona's varied career in nursing, women's health, and midwifery, as well as the many ways in which Australia influences and inspires her writing.

Cassie Hamer

Mar 15, 2019 00:24:40

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Cassie Hamer, first-time author with a professional background in journalism and PR, joins Cheryl Akle to discuss her debut novel After the Party. Together they discuss Cassie's career journey, and how she came to be a writer.

Dervla McTiernan

Mar 12, 2019 00:27:26

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Dervla McTiernan, bestselling author of The Ruin, joins Cheryl Akle to discuss her latest novel, The Scholar. Together they discuss Dervla's success as a writer, and the difficulties of writing the follow-up to a bestseller. 

 

Brandy Scott

Mar 8, 2019 00:27:09

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Brandy Scott, radio presenter and debut writer, speaks to Cheryl Akle about her new book Not Bad People, as well as her varied career and experience living abroad. 

Ben Okri

Mar 6, 2019 00:34:19

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Ben Okri, award-winning novelist and poet, joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss books, ideas, and the fears and anxieties that we face in today's modern world. 

Jackie French

Mar 1, 2019 00:31:58

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Jackie French, award-winning Australian author, joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss her vibrant career and to share her infectious love of books and reading.

Content Warning: This podcast contains references to domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Jennifer Spence

Feb 27, 2019 00:28:28

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Jennifer Spence talks to Cheryl Akle this week about her latest novel, The Lost Girls. Together they discuss the craft of writing, the power of story-telling, and the importance of books. 

Michael Mosley

Feb 22, 2019 00:32:53

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Dr Michael Mosley, international bestselling author and 'gut health guru' joins Cheryl Akle to discuss his latest book, The Fast 800. Together they talk about how the modern diet has changed over the past 30 years, and the everyday healthy choices that we can make to improve our lives. 

Literary Scandals and Hoaxes

Feb 18, 2019 00:43:45

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As the scandal surrounding the less than truthful A.J. Finn grows, author and journalist Caroline Overington talks to Cheryl Akle about the impact on the bestselling author and his reputation - and they remember another literary hoax, much closer to home. 

 

Anna Funder

Feb 14, 2019 00:50:46

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Anna Funder, acclaimed and award-winning Australian author, joins Cheryl this week to discuss her bestselling book Stasiland. Together they discuss Anna's journey as a writer, and the political history of East Germany.

Carly Findlay

Feb 12, 2019 00:28:32

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Carly Findlay, writer, speaker, and appearance activist, speaks to Cheryl Akle this week about her new book Say Hello, and her experience of living with a rare skin condition. 

AJ Finn

Feb 8, 2019 00:26:24

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This week, Caroline Overington (stepping in for Cheryl Akle) is joined by New York Times and internationally bestselling author A. J. Finn to discuss his debut novel The Woman in the Window. Together they discuss the author's experiences working for a decade in publishing, the mental health challenges he has faced, and the incredible success of his book.

Myffy Rigby

Feb 5, 2019 00:32:18

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Good Food Guide Editor Myffy Rigby to discuss the 2019 Good Food Guide. Together they talk about all things food, and Myffy's incredible industry experiences. 

Richard Glover

Feb 5, 2019 00:34:36

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Australian radio presenter, journalist and author Richard Glover to discuss his latest book The Land Before Avocado. Together they talk about Australia's past, and the dramatic changes that we've seen. 

Yotam Ottolenghi

Jan 30, 2019 00:29:21

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by world-renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi to discuss his latest cookbook, Ottolenghi Simple. Together they discuss all things food and culture. 

Mike Carlton

Jan 29, 2019 00:32:51

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Australian media commentator and author Mike Carlton to discuss his memoir On Air. Together they discuss the extraordinary people and events that Mike has encountered over the course of his career, and how he came to be one of Australia's best-known media figures. 

Kerry O'Brien

Jan 29, 2019 00:37:13

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by respected Australian journalist Kerry O'Brien to discuss his latest book Kerry O'Brien, A Memoir. Together they discuss the highlights and challenges of Kerry's career, and how he came to be a Walkley award-winning journalist. 

Jessica Dettmann

Jan 21, 2019 00:22:50

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Jessica Dettmann to discuss her debut novel How To Be Second Best - a hilarious and heart-warming novel that captures the dramas, delights and delirium of modern parenting. Together they discuss Jessica's journey as both a writer and mother, and how these experiences informed her novel.

Karyn Sepulveda

Jan 21, 2019 00:23:46

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Karyn Sepulveda to discuss her latest book Letters To My Yesterday, a moving and tender portrayal of female strength, hardship and friendship. Together they discuss the enduring strength of the female spirit, and the importance of supporting other women. 

Anne Summers

Jan 14, 2019 00:38:12

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Australian author and pioneering feminist Anne Summers to discuss her latest book, Unfettered and Alive: A memoir. Together they discuss how feminism has evolved, as well as Anne's experiences as both a political advisor and activist. 

Amanda Curtin

Jan 14, 2019 00:25:53

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This week Caroline Overington (stepping in for Cheryl Akle) is joined by Australian author Amanda Curtin to discuss her latest novel, Kathleen O'Connor of Paris. Together they discuss the importance of writing about historical figures, particularly women, and the immense amount of research required to write a memoir. 

Rachael Johns

Jan 7, 2019 00:22:59

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by best-selling Australian author Rachael Johns to discuss her latest novel Lost Without You - a fresh and poignant novel of family, journeys, past decisions ... and dresses. Together they discuss Rachael's writing process, and the people, stories, and places that inspire her work.

Grantlee Kieza

Jan 7, 2019 00:29:47

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by award-winning Australian author and journalist Grantlee Kieza to discuss his latest book Banjo - a lively and captivating portrait of Australia's greatest poet. Together they discuss Australian history and the vast research required to write about someone else's life. 

Belinda Alexandra

Dec 17, 2018 00:26:55

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Belinda Alexandra to discuss her new novel The Invitation - a mesmerising tale of two sisters and the dangers and seductions of excess. Together they discuss Belinda's journey as a writer, and the people, places, and stories that inspire her work. 

Frauke Bolten-Boshammer

Dec 17, 2018 00:29:25

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Frauke Bolten-Boshammer to discuss her new book A Diamond in the Dust - the powerful true story of how one woman turned outback dust into a diamond empire. Together they discuss the challenges of starting a new life in a foreign country, and the ways in which tragedy shapes and alters our lives. 

Jill Dupleix

Dec 10, 2018 00:32:29

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This week Cheryl is joined by Jill Dupleix, distinguished food editor, to discuss her latest book, Truth, Love, and Clean Cutlery. Together they talk about Jill's childhood and career, and the events that led to her immense love for and appreciation of good food. 

Minette Walters

Dec 10, 2018 00:30:03

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by critically-acclaimed crime fiction author Minette Walters to discuss her latest novel, The Turn of Midnight. Together they talk about Minette's shift towards historical fiction, and how she has developed as a writer over the span of her career. 

Graeme Base

Dec 10, 2018 00:33:58

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Graeme Base, world-leading creator of picture books, to discuss his latest book, Bumble Bunnies. Together they discuss the craft of story-telling through both pictures and words, and the importance of children's literature. 

Jessica Halloran

Dec 3, 2018 00:30:35

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined byJessica Halloran to discuss her Prime Minister's Literary Awards-shortlisted non-fiction book, Unbreakable - the story of Jelena Dokic's survival. Together they discuss Jelena's remarkable journey from refugee to world-famous tennis player, and her amazing strength in the face of adversity. 

Richard McGregor

Dec 3, 2018 00:32:19

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Richard McGregor to discuss his Prime Minister's Literary Awards-shortlisted non-fiction book, Asia's Reckoning. Together they talk about politics and history, as well as Richard's experience as an Asian correspondent. 

Fiona Wright

Dec 3, 2018 00:28:23

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Fiona Wright to discuss her Prime Minister's Literary Awards-shortlisted poetry collection, Domestic Interior. Together they talk about Fiona's success as a writer of both poetry and non-fiction, and the places, people, and experiences that inspire her work. 

John Edwards

Dec 3, 2018 00:27:56

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by John Edwards to discuss his Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlisted Australian History book, John Curtin's War: The coming of war in the Pacific, and reinventing Australia, volume 1. Together they discuss what makes a leader truly great, and Australia's rich political history. 

Lee Child

Nov 26, 2018 00:32:01

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by international bestselling author Lee Child to talk about his latest Jack Reacher novel, Past Tense. Together they discuss how Lee came to be a writer and the astounding success of the Jack Reacher series, as well as the origins of Jack's character. 

Bruce Whatley

Nov 26, 2018 00:22:26

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by beloved Australian illustrator and writer Bruce Whatley to discuss his Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlisted Young Adult book, Ruben. Together they discuss the highlights and achievements of Bruce's writing career, and the importance of children's literature. 

Tamsin Janu

Nov 26, 2018 00:20:25

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Tasmin Janu to discuss her Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlisted children's novel, Figgy Takes the City. Together they discuss Tasmin's journey to becoming a writer, and the amazing stories and experiences that inspired the Figgy series. 

Elizabeth Kleinhenz

Nov 19, 2018 00:29:50

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  This week Cheryl is joined by Elizabeth Kleinhenz to discuss her new book, Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer. Together they discuss Germaine's astounding career, as well as more intimate details about her personal life.   

Chloe Hooper

Nov 18, 2018 00:32:51

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  This week Cheryl Akle is joined by award-winning writer Chloe Hooper to discuss her new book, The Arsonist - a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers. Together they discuss the immense research that Chloe conducted to write the book, and what The Arsonist reveals about Australian society and culture.   

Kristina Olsson

Nov 12, 2018 00:31:46

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  This week, Cheryl Akle is joined by award-winning author Kristina Olsson to discuss her latest novel Shell, a big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in Australia's history. Together they discuss Australia's rich and colourful past, and Kristina's astounding career as both a journalist and writer.   

Osher Gunsberg

Nov 12, 2018 00:42:25

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  This week, Cheryl Akle is joined by beloved Australian celebrity Osher Gunsberg to talk about Back, After the Break, his revealing, raw and funny memoir about life, love and living with mental illness. Together, they discuss Osher's immense TV career, as well as his struggle to overcome and manage his illness.   

Alice Nelson

Nov 6, 2018 00:31:31

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Alice Nelson to discuss her latest book The Children's House - a hope-filled and outstanding novel that weaves together shared stories of displacement and trauma. Together they discuss Alice's journey to becoming a writer, and how her experiences of living and working in Harlem influenced her novel. 

Tara Westover

Nov 6, 2018 00:34:17

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This week Cheryl is joined by Tara Westover to discuss her memoir, Educated - a powerful retelling of a woman's discovery of education, its transformative power, and the price she had to pay for it. Together they discuss what Tara's life was like growing up in a strict survivalist family, and her remarkable journey of self-transformation. 

Tricia Stringer

Oct 28, 2018 00:33:45

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Tricia STringer to discuss her latest book Table for Eight - a delightful, wise and heart–warming novel about second chances that celebrates friendships old and new. Together they discuss women's fiction, and the rise of female authors in Australia. 

Steve Hawke

Oct 28, 2018 00:29:21

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Steven Hawke to discuss his new novel The Valley, about a murder in the remote bush in 1916 that sparks a chain of events that will haunt a family for generations. Together they discuss the beauty of rural Australia and the importance of Australian fiction. 

Holly Throsby

Oct 22, 2018 00:28:11

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by critically acclaimed songwriter, musician, and novelist Holly Throsby to discuss her latest novel Cedar Valley. Together they discuss the rise of female success in both the book and music industry, and the art of story-telling through both writing and song. 

Gillian Triggs

Oct 22, 2018 00:33:21

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Gillian Triggs, president of The Australian Human Rights Commission (2012-2017), to discuss her latest memoir, Speaking Up - a brave biography that shares with readers the values that have guided Triggs' convictions and the causes she has championed. Together, Cheryl and Gillian discuss the need for government accountability and the need for reform and change at a legislative and individual level. 

John Purcell

Oct 14, 2018 00:27:39

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by John Purcell to discuss his new novel The Girl On The Page - a punchy, powerful and page-turning novel about the redemptive power of great literature. Together they discuss John's career in books, and his journey to becoming a successful author. 

Sarah Hanson-Young

Oct 14, 2018 00:31:11

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by the youngest woman ever elected to the Federal Parliament, Australian politician Sarah Hanson-Young, to discuss her new book En Garde, a powerful exploration of the sexism rampant in politics today. Together they discuss the Me Too movement, and the need for change, not only in Australian politics, but also wider society. 

 

Kelly Doust

Oct 8, 2018 00:30:40

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Kelly Doust to discuss her latest novel Dressing The Dearloves -  a story of corrosiveness of family secrets, the insecurities that can sabotage our best efforts, and the seductive power of dressing up. Together they discuss Kelly's interest in fashion, and how this interest inspired the book.

 

Leigh Sales

Oct 8, 2018 00:32:36

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This week Cheryl Akle i joined by Leigh Sales, one of Australia’s most respected journalists, to discuss her new memoir Any Ordinary Day - a book about what happens when ordinary people, on ordinary days, are forced to suddenly find the resilience most of us don’t know we have. Together they discuss the remarkable endurance of humans who have suffered the unthinkable, and what we can learn from loss. 

Benjamin Stevenson

Oct 2, 2018 00:35:31

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by award-winning stand-up comedian Benjamin Stevenson to discuss his debut novel Greenlight - a nail-biting thriller that turns popular true-crime such as Serial and Making A Murderer on its head. Together they discuss Benjamin's colourful career in both comedy and publishing, and how he came to write this stunning debut thriller. 

Ben Quilty

Oct 2, 2018 00:32:00

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by award-winning artist Ben Quilty to discuss his heartbreaking and awe-inspiring collection of drawings by Syrian children - Home. The collection stands as a testament to the resilience of a generation of survivors whose childhood has been shaped by the worst war of our century. Together they discuss the power of art to enact change and help others.

Holly Wainwright #2

Sep 24, 2018 00:27:56

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This week Cheryl is joined by bestselling author, journalist and editor Holly Wainwright to discuss her latest release How To Be Perfect - a page-turning, rip-roaring story about mums, phones and the cult of self-improvement. Together they discuss the pressures that modern women are faced with, and the way in which 'wellness' culture has taken over our lives (and our Instagram feeds).

Raymond Feist

Sep 24, 2018 00:29:07

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This week Cheryl is joined by internationally bestselling author Raymond Feist to discuss his latest release King of Ashes, The Firemane Sage: Book 1. Together they discuss Raymond's journey to becoming a successful writer, and the struggles he has overcome along the way.

Veronica Roth

Sep 17, 2018 00:24:55

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This week Cheryl is joined by New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth to discuss her latest release, The Fates Divide - the second book of the Carve the Mark duology. Together they discuss Veronica's astounding success, how she came to be a writer, and how young female writers such as herself are challenging the typically male-dominated fantasy and sci-fi genres. 

Richard de Crespigny

Sep 17, 2018 00:42:22

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This week Cheryl is joined by pilot and best-selling author Richard de Crespigny to discuss his latest release Fly! - Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32. Together they discuss the ways in which humans react to fear (in the context of flying, both as a passenger and a pilot), and how much of this fear is irrational and can be overcome by changing the way we think and understanding more about the ways in which aircrafts operate. 

Caroline Overington #2

Sep 10, 2018 00:32:29

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Caroline Overington to discuss her thrilling new release The Ones You Trust - a gripping book that asks the aching question: how much do we really know about those who care for our children . . . and about the people we love? Together they discuss Caroline's impressive career as both a journalist and writer, and the ideas and experiences that inspired her new book. 

Tanya Hennessy

Sep 10, 2018 00:27:04

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by hilarious YouTube sensation Tanya Hennessy to discuss her debut book Am I doing This Right - an encyclopedia of life lessons that Tanya has learned over the course of her life. Together they discuss Tanya's journey to internet fame, and the important role that books have always played in her life. 

Megan Goldin

Sep 3, 2018 00:25:13

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 Author and award winning journalist, Caroline Overington, stepping in for Cheryl, talks to Megan Goldin, author of the heart-stopping new novel, The Escape Room, about the cut-throat corporate world and how crime writing is changing in new and exciting ways. Great interview - check it out.

Rachael Brown

Sep 3, 2018 00:35:38

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Rachael Brown, award winning journalist and author of Trace, the new true crime novel about an unsolved murder, talks to Cheryl Akle about the importance of giving voice to the voiceless. Not to be missed. 

Margaret Morgan

Aug 27, 2018 00:30:52

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This week Cheryl is joined by Margaret Morgan to discuss her novel The Second Cure, a whip smart thriller with big ideas and a big heart. Together they discuss how her colourful career shifts from law to biology to the arts have influenced her writing. 

Hannah Richell

Aug 27, 2018 00:27:30

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This week Caroline Overington, author and award winning journalist (stepping in for Cheryl), is joined by Hannah Richell to discuss her new novel The Peacock Summer - a tender and passionate story about two summers (decades apart), two women's lives forever entwined, and a house that holds secrets that could free them both. Together they discuss Hannah's journey as a writer and mother, and what it is like to write when experiencing great grief. 

Alannah Hill

Aug 21, 2018 00:43:11

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This week Cheryl is joined by Alannah Hill to discuss her memoir Butterfly On a Pin, a fierce and intelligent account of how a freckle-faced teenage runaway metamorphosed into a trailblazer and true original. Together they discuss Alannah's success in the fashion industry, and how her brand was born. 

Emily Rodda

Aug 20, 2018 00:27:06

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This week Cheryl is joined by best-selling children's author Emily Rodda to discuss her new book His Name Was Walter - a story within a story that shows us the extraordinary power of true love, and solves a decades-old mystery. Together they discuss the importance of children's fiction, and how Emily came to be a successful author. 

Emma Glass

Aug 13, 2018 00:30:14

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This Week Cheryl is joined by Emma Glass to discuss her debut novel Peach, a book of intensely physical, rhythmic, visceral prose. Together they discuss Emma’s journey to becoming a writer, and what inspired the idea behind her first piece of experimental fiction.

Olfat Mahmoud

Aug 13, 2018 00:29:43

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This week Cheryl is joined by Olfat Mahmoud to discuss her memoir Tears For Tarshiha, which follows Olfat’s career amid the death and destruction of Lebanon’s many conflicts, and chronicles the Pakestinian people’s remarkable capacity for love and bravery in the most extreme conditions. Together they discuss Olfat’s experiences as a refugee, and how she navigated her sense of identity in the wake of the Palestinian plight.

 

Kayte Nunn

Aug 6, 2018 00:25:39

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This week Cheryl is joined by Kayte Nunn to discuss her new novel The Botanist's Daughter - a wondrously imagined tale of two female botanists, separated by more than a century, in a race to discover a life-saving flower. Together they discuss where the idea for the novel came from, and the extensive botanical research that informed the book. 

Jill Stark

Aug 6, 2018 00:35:35

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This week Cheryl is joined by Jill Stark to discuss her latest novel Happy Never After - a raw, uplifting exploration of our age of anxiety. Together they talk about Jill's own experiences with anxiety, what triggered her breakdown, and how she has learnt to manage her illness by shifting her perspective of what it means to be truly 'happy'.

Majok Tulba

Jul 30, 2018 00:33:17

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This week Cheryl is joined by Majok Tulba to discuss his second novel When Elephants Fight - a story of young Juba's resilience as he flees from his war-torn village in search of a refugee camp. Together they discuss the importance of the stories that Majok is telling through his novels.

Emma Harcourt

Jul 30, 2018 00:27:08

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This week Cheryl is joined by Emma Harcourt to discuss her debut novel The Shanghai Wife - a novel about political upheaval, conspiracy, and forbidden love. Together they discuss Emma's career and family history, both of which inspired and informed her novel.

 

 

Michael Robotham #2

Jul 24, 2018 00:31:22

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This week Cheryl is joined by famous, best-selling author Michael Robotham to discuss his new book, The Other Wife - a gripping psychological thriller about a secret wife, a secret life, and a killer who knows. Together they discuss Michael's passion for writing and literature that he has sustained throughout his entire life. 

Sofija Stefanovic

Jul 24, 2018 00:33:50

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This week Cheryl is joined by Sofia Stefanovic to talk about her novel Miss Ex-Yugoslavia, a funny, dark and tender memoir about growing up between the lunacy of Yugoslavia's civil war and suburban Australian. Together they talk about her life in Australia as an immigrant child, and having to navigate her own identity as both the "Australian Girl' and the "Serbian Girl". 

Jennifer Egan

Jul 17, 2018 00:41:33

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This week Cheryl is joined by Jennifer Egan to discuss her latest book Manhattan Beach - a historical novel based on the shore of Manhattan Beach. Together they talk about the drafting process of writing a book, and Jennifer's quirky habit of writing her fiction by hand.

Min Jin Lee

Jul 17, 2018 00:34:38

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This week Cheryl is joined by Min Jin Lee, author of the best-selling novel Pachinko. Together they discuss what it's like to grow up as a working-class, immigrant child, and Min Jin Lee's journey to becoming an award-winning writer.

Nikki Gemmell #2

Jul 9, 2018 00:25:29

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This week Cheryl is joined by international bestselling author Nikki Gemmell a second time to discuss her new book On Quiet - a guide to calmly accepting things as they are, and learning to find moments of quiet in today's busy world. Together they discuss how society's obsession with being busy is making us miserable, and the need for moments of 'quiet' everyday to restore and replenish our souls. 

 

Trent Dalton

Jul 9, 2018 00:27:12

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This week Cheryl is joined by Trent Dalton to discuss his debut novel Boy Swallows Universe - an utterly wonderful novel of love, crime, magic, fate and coming of age, set in Brisbane's violent working class suburban fringe. Together they talk about Trent's past, and the experiences that led to him becoming a journalist searching for answers and truth.

Sarah McKay

Jul 2, 2018 00:38:43

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Cheryl is joined by neuroscientist Sarah Mckay to discuss her work The Women's Brain Book, an exploration of what happens to the brains of women as they cycle through various stages in life. Together they discuss the brain's malleability and susceptibility to change over time.

Christian White

Jul 2, 2018 00:27:48

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This week Cheryl is joined by Christian White to discuss his debut novel The Nowhere Child - a combustible tale of trauma, cult, conspiracy and memory. Together they talk about the rise of debut fiction, the odd-jobs that Christian has had over the years to support his writing career, and the way in which male reading is often stigmatised. 

Shirley Patton

Jun 25, 2018 00:31:10

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This week Cheryl is joined by Shirley Patton to discuss her debut novel The Secrets We Keep - a book about dark pasts, family betrayal, and political corruption. Together they talk about Shirley's history of academic writing, the events that inspired her to turn to fiction writing, and the reflective and healing powers of fiction. 

Sarah Bailey

Jun 25, 2018 00:27:03

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This week Cheryl is joined by crime and suspense writer Sarah Bailey to discuss her newest release Into The Night, the sequel to her bestselling novel The Dark Lake. Together they talk about Sarah's career trajectory as a writer, the rise of female debut fiction, and the ways in which readers and writers are developing closer partnerships. 

Jeff Goodell

Jun 18, 2018 00:34:31

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This week Cheryl is joined by Jeff Goodell, author of The Water Will Come – a book about rising seas, sinking cities, and the remaking of the civilised world. Together they discuss climate change, rising sea levels, and how we must learn to adapt as our environment changes.

Tessa Lunney

Jun 18, 2018 00:26:45

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This week Cheryl is joined by Tessa Lunney, author of April in Paris, 1921 - a fabulous new book about Kiki Button, gossip columnist extraordinaire, and her adventures in French high society. The big theme this week is Women Writing Women - the rise of authentic female voices in Australian literature. They talk about the importance of female representation, and how women are shaping literature as both writers and readers.

Leigh Straw

Jun 12, 2018 00:33:10

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In this week's podcast Cheryl is joined by Leigh Straw to discuss her recent release, Lillian Armfield - a true crime novel about Australia's first female detective. Together they discuss institutionalised sexism, the shifting of crime trends through the ages, and the uprising of female voices and figures in historical fiction. 

Helen Brown

Jun 12, 2018 00:33:33

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On this week's podcast Cheryl is joined by award-winning writer and journalist Helen Brown to discuss her new book Bono - a funny, tender, and insightful story about life, love, and recovery - and a charismatic rescue cat with a big heart. Together they discuss the lessons that animals teach us about vulnerability and life, the pain of losing a child, and the experiences in Helen's life that have inspired her various works. 

 

Kate Wild

Jun 4, 2018 00:29:25

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In this week's podcast Cheryl is joined by Kate Wild to discuss her recent release, Waiting for Elijah - a true crime novel about a mentally ill young man who is shot dead by a police officer. The book is an account of a tragedy that didn’t have to happen, as well as an intense, forensic deconstruction of the extended legal proceedings that followed, and a heartbreaking portrait of a family’s grief. Cheryl and Kate talk about the background research required to write the book, and the social and legal stigma that surrounds mental health.

Adam Courtenay

Jun 4, 2018 00:31:50

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Cheryl is joined by Adam Courtenay to discuss his book, The Ship That Never Was -  an entertaining and rollicking story of James Porter, an original Australian larrikin whose ingenuity, gift of the gab and refusal to buckle under authority make him an irresistible anti-hero who deserves a place in our history. Together they discuss the greatest escape tale in Australian Colonial history.

Kirsty Manning

May 28, 2018 00:27:31

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In this week's podcast Cheryl is joined by Kirsty Manning to discuss her recent release, The Jade Lily - a tale of female friendship, love, hardship and the courage to shape our own identities. They discuss the rise of female writers in Australia and the importance of reader-writer engagement.

Jamila Rizvi

May 28, 2018 00:32:02

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Cheryl is joined by Jamila Rizvi, an extraordinary woman, who, at the age of 25, became one of the youngest people ever to work as Chief of Staff to a Federal Government Minister.  Today, this writer, editor, political advisor and mother, has taken the world by storm to become the pre-eminent voice of young Australian women, both online and in person. Her second self-help book entitled, The Motherhood, is a collection of letters from women sharing what they wish they were told when they became first time mothers. 

Kate Leaver

May 21, 2018 00:33:20

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Kate Leaver joins Cheryl on the podcast to talk about her new book The Friendship Cure, an exploration of the art and science of friendship. The book believes that friendship is the essential cure for our current loneliness epidemic. They discuss the impact that friendship has on the rest of our life, having a stronger link to physical wellbeing than quitting smoking, obesity, or exercise.

Sarah Ferguson

May 21, 2018 00:35:58

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Award-winning ABC investigative journalist, Sarah Ferguson, talks to Cheryl about her memoir, On Mother, written after the sudden death of her mother.  The book investigates the circumstances of her mother's demise and whether it could have been prevented and is a reflection on the relationship between mothers and daughters as well as her mother's love for her across the decades and the continents.

Andrew Hansen & Jessica Roberts

May 15, 2018 00:28:30

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In the first of our kids' podcasts Cheryl Akle talks to Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts about co-authoring their new series Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Weird Beard.

Andrew and Jessica talk about being partners on this project and partners in life, the inspiration behind Bab Sharkey and juggling their working life and life as new parents.

Spiri Tsintziras

May 14, 2018 00:33:59

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Better Reading was joined by author and blogger, Spiri Tsintziras, to discuss her health and wellbeing book, My Ikaria.  Three years ago, Spiri felt stretched unbearably thin by the pressures of life as a working mum. She left Melbourne and went in search of a fabled Greek isle where the people are purportedly so healthy they 'forget to die'.

Kali Napier

May 14, 2018 00:32:34

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Kali Napier joins us on the podcast to discuss her peripatetic childhood and adult roamings around the globe. From Algeria to Indonesia, Abu Dhabi to Indigenous Australia, it seems the girl named after a Hindu goddess of Time, Creation, Destruction and Power has been everywhere and done everything. Her debut novel, The Secrets at Ocean’s Edge is a gripping and heartbreakingly beautiful exploration of a family’s search for belonging, and the trials and tribulations that threaten to break them apart.

Christos Tsiolkas

May 7, 2018 00:33:51

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The Slap author Christos Tsiolkas joins Cheryl on the podcast to discuss his life as a Greek-Australian writer and the journey he has travelled through the writing of his books. In his most recent work, On Patrick White, Tsiolkas reflects on the life and work of one of Australia's literary greats, the late Nobel prize winner, Patrick White. 

Michelle de Kretser

May 7, 2018 00:39:02

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Miles Franklin winner, Michelle De Kretser joins Cheryl on the podcast to reflect on her experiences as a travel editor for Lonely Planet, and how her global education has shaped her. Her newest book, The Life to Come is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don't tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations.

S.A Jones

Apr 30, 2018 00:34:52

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S.A. Jones joins Cheryl on the podcast to talk about her stunning new book, The Fortress, an insight into what is being described as a “parallel universe” - a city/state wherein women reign supreme and men are forbidden to ask questions, raise their hand in anger or refuse sex. One woman insists her husband be sent there to uncover the truths about the concept of patriarchy and his own experiences with it.

Cindy Wockner

Apr 30, 2018 00:38:04

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Cindy Wockner joins Cheryl on the podcast to talk about her deeply humbling experience interviewing Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, then prisoners on Death Row in Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison. Her book sheds light on the men's redemptive journey from surly Aussie schoolboys turned Bali Nine drug traffickers to Kerobokan's redeemed men. 

Fiona McCallum

Apr 23, 2018 00:30:18

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Cheryl Akle talks with Fiona McCallum about becoming a published author, obsessive tendencies, and Fiona's most recent book, 'Finding Hannah'. 

 

Dervla McTiernan

Apr 23, 2018 00:31:20

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Dervla McTiernan joins us on the podcast to talk about her past career in law, her move from Ireland to Australia, and her bestselling crime novel The Ruin. This brilliant and unsettling crime debut draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can't - or won't. Perfect for fans of Tana French and Jane Harper.

Gideon Haigh

Apr 17, 2018 00:28:21

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Gideon Haigh joins us on the podcast to discuss his newest book A Scandal in Bohemia, which surrounds the life and death of Mollie Dean. At twenty-five she was a poet, aspiring novelist and muse on the peripheries of Melbourne’s bohemian salons – until one night in 1930 she was brutally slain by an unknown killer in a lane way while walking home.

Holly Ringland

Apr 16, 2018 00:22:28

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Holly Ringland joins us on the podcast this morning to discuss her enchanting debut novel, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart. The book which has had rave reviews, tells the story of Alice, the young daughter of an abusive father, who finds her strength with a little help from the language of native flowers, her grandmother and a beautiful pooch named Harry.

Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Apr 9, 2018 00:37:08

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Michael joins us on the podcast to discuss the intricacies of being a 'Leb', and the essence of this word in modern Australian society. Although a work of fiction, his book is based on his very real life as a young Lebanese Australian man growing up in Sydney's western suburbs. The Lebs is provocative, raw, and poignant, paying homage to the complexity of immigrant identity. 

Dr Nikki Stamp

Apr 9, 2018 00:33:50

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Dr Nikki Stamp joins us on the podcast to talk about her new book, Can You Die of a Broken Heart? Does emotional upheaval affect the heart? Can love, or chocolate, really heal our heart problems? And why do we know so much about heart attacks in men, when they are more fatal in women?

Kelly Rimmer

Apr 4, 2018 00:23:43

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Whatever decision Lexie makes in Before I Let You Go, Kelly Rimmer’s heartrending story about two sisters with an unbreakable bond, it has grave implications. In a plot that poses some nitty gritty questions sure to provoke fiery exchanges in book clubs, the internationally bestselling Australian author has delivered a cracking good read written with wisdom and compassion about our closest relationships.

We join Kelly on the podcast to talk about her success overseas, and how she brought it to Aussie shores. 

Sunni Overend

Apr 4, 2018 00:24:00

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Sunni Overend has joined us to discuss her thoroughly likeable heroine, the angsty Apple March and the alluring, pacey plot in The Rules of Backyard Croquet. Not to mention the stylish Melbourne backdrop with visits to glamorous hotspots, Paris and New York and the gorgeous (sigh) clothes. 

Anne Aly

Mar 27, 2018 00:33:36

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Dr Anne Aly was the first Muslim-Australian woman, the first Egyptian-born woman, and the first counterterrorism expert to be elected to federal parliament. Her book Finding My Place is the fascinating and moving story of a Muslim girl growing up in suburban Australia in the seventies. It’s an irresistible story by an irrepressible Australian woman.

Nicola Moriarty

Mar 26, 2018 00:28:40

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Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty is about a rivalry that was once fun spiralling out of control. 

Different schedules. Different lives. Tensions escalate when an online rivalry between two groups of women – one with children, the other without – spills dangerously into the real world in this firecracker of a novel from the bestselling author of The Fifth Letter.

We spoke with Nicola about motherhood and how this novel might play out in reality. . . 

Tim Winton

Mar 26, 2018 00:33:28

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Australia's master storyteller Tim Winton has just published The Shepherd's Hut, a musical and harrowing exploration of toxic masculinity in Aussie male culture. 

In this podcast, Winton opens up about his personal life with candour and poetry. It's one of our most memorable and unmissable recordings to date.

Stuart Turton

Mar 20, 2018 00:27:46

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Fans of Agatha Christie rejoice! Stuart Turton's debut novel delves deeply into the murder mystery genre, leaving readers all over the world wanting more. In this feast of fiction, what is meant to be a celebration quickly becomes tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. 

Alexander McCall Smith

Mar 20, 2018 00:37:44

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Alexander McCall Smith is a prolific author of fiction, with several series to his credit. He has gained the most fame for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, featuring beloved protagonist Mma Precious Ramotswe. The first novel was published in 1998, and today McCall Smith has sold over 40 million copies of his books worldwide.

Barbara Toner

Mar 12, 2018 00:25:55

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Barbara Toner is an acclaimed author and columnist who has written extensively about the lot of women in all its manifestations, with all its glorious and less glorious intricacies, both in fiction and non-fiction. She has three daughters and divides her time between England and the far south coast of New South Wales.

Robert Lukins

Mar 12, 2018 00:26:56

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Debut novelist Robert Lukins has written a staggering, poetic book called The Everlasting Sunday. Beautiful and brutal, it begins in 1962 in the middle of an English winter, during a snowstorm. Here, in the grip of the Big Freeze, we meet 17-year-old Radford who is sent to Goodwin Manor, a home for those who have been ‘found by trouble.’

Tanya Bretherton

Mar 5, 2018 00:29:26

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True history that is both shocking and too real, this unforgettable story sounds more like something from your favourite crime movie. After the publication of her eye opening book The Suitcase Baby, sociologist Tanya Bretherton details 1920's Australian society and the true crime stories that survived. 

In the early hours of Saturday morning, 17 November 1923, a suitcase was found washed up on the shore of a small beach in the Sydney harbourside suburb of Mosman. What it contained, and why, would prove to be explosive. 

The murdered baby in the suitcase was one of many dead infants who were turning up in the harbour, on trains, and elsewhere. These innocent victims were a devastating symptom of the clash between public morality, private passion, and unrelenting poverty in a fast-growing metropolis. 

Police tracked down Sarah Boyd, the mother of the suitcase baby, and the complex story and subsequent murder trial of Sarah and her friend Jean Olliver became a media sensation. In this podcast, Tany tells the moving story of the crime that put Sarah and her baby at the centre of a social tragedy that still resonates through the decades.

Sami Lukis

Mar 5, 2018 00:29:27

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Sami Lukis is a Television Presenter, Radio Host, and Journalist. Following the publication of her first book, Romantically Challenged, Sami shares stories about dating in Australia and abroad, all the while wondering how many Mr Wrongs it takes to find Mr Right. 

Mike Lewis

Feb 26, 2018 00:26:55

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Following the publication of his inspirational, practical, and thought-provoking book When to Jump, Mike Lewis explains the four steps anyone can follow to pursue their dream career. 

He abandoned a comfortable job in finance to become a professional squash player by listening to the advice of others who had made the big leap themselves. 

Heather Morris

Feb 19, 2018 00:36:32

Description:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a beautiful, haunting novel, based on the true story of Lale Sokolov, prisoner 34902. Sokolov was a Slovakian Jew, held prisoner during World War 2 in the now infamous Auschwitz prison camp. After being apprenticed to the camp Tätowierer, he eventually became the chief tattooist, a position that came with certain privileges. He ate in an administration building, was given extra rations and slept in a single room.

As chief tattooist, Sokolov was forced to mark each prisoner with one of the enduring and most immediately recognisable symbols of the Holocaust – the small blue numbers tattooed on prisoners’ arm. He learned the rules quickly: Keep your head down. Don’t cause trouble. And above all, tattoo whoever comes off the train and lines up in front of you, man, woman or child. One such prisoner was a young woman named Gita and in a place full of hate, Lale and Gita somehow fell in love. Their love story and tale of survival that ends with them moving to Melbourne after the war, is one of great beauty and hope.

Joe Williams

Feb 19, 2018 00:39:57

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Joe Williams, Known best as an Indigenous rugby player and professional boxer, spent many years tortured by a spitfire of negative thoughts in his head before trying to take his own life in 2012. In this candid and timely podcast, Joe spoke with Cheryl Akle about his history of drug abuse, how he was eventually diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and the powerful determination that allowed him to recover from a suicide attempt.

His new book Defying the Enemy Within is a memoir of survival, providing real-life guidance on how to improve your mental wellbeing. It is both Joe's story and the steps he took to get well. In addition to sharing his experiences, Joe shares his wellness plan - the ordinary steps that helped him achieve the extraordinary. 

Debra Oswald

Feb 13, 2018 00:23:34

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Cheryl Akle talks with Australian writer Debra Oswald about the craft of writing, the tv show 'Offspring', her books, her plays, and her own history as a writer. 

Kathy Lette

Feb 12, 2018 00:36:51

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Cheryl Akle and Kathy Lette talk Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo, Puberty Blues, autism, feminism, menopause, and more. 

Justin Coulson

Feb 2, 2018 00:28:58

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Cheryl Akle talks with Justin Coulson about some truly wicked problems; parenting, kids, and discipline.

Nigella Lawson

Feb 2, 2018 00:23:05

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Cheryl Akle talks with Nigella Lawson. They discuss Nigella's career, sourdough, and what makes a good cook book.

Luke Slattery

Jan 15, 2018 00:30:53

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Cheryl Akle talks with journalist and author Luke Slattery about journalism, epicureanism, and Luke's first fiction release, 'Mrs M'. 

Katrina Lawrence

Jan 8, 2018 00:30:09

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Cheryl Akle talks with Katrina Lawrence about her love affair with Paris, family, travel, and her book, ‘Paris Dreaming’. 

Isobelle Carmody

Dec 30, 2017 00:28:56

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Cheryl Akle talks with author Isobelle Carmody about her career, her writing habits, and her books. 

Charlotte Smith

Dec 26, 2017 00:38:16

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Cheryl Akle talks with Charlotte Smith. They discuss Doris Darnell, the Darnell Collection, Quakers, and the history of fashion. 

Don Watson

Dec 18, 2017 00:32:57

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Cheryl Akle and Don Watson talk about language, politics, and Don's most recent book, 'There It Is Again: Selected Non-Fiction'. 

Jimmy Barnes

Dec 11, 2017 00:40:32

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Cheryl Akle talks with Jimmy Barnes about his life and memoir, 'Working Class Man'.  

Kaz Cooke

Dec 5, 2017 00:28:15

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Cheryl Akle talks with Kaz Cooke about her latest project, the book 'Ada'. A novel detailing the life of Ada Delroy and her vaudeville troupe. 

Joel Creasey

Dec 5, 2017 00:36:30

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Cheryl Akle talks with Joel Creasey about his entry into comedy at a young age, his love of - and time with - Joan Rivers, his appearance on 'I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here', and his first book, 'Thirsty'. 

Peter Carey

Dec 5, 2017 00:33:41

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Cheryl Akle talks with author Peter Carey about writing, making a life overseas, Australia, and Peter's most recent book, 'A Long Way From Home'. 

Rusty Young - 2

Nov 27, 2017 00:31:01

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Cheryl Akle is joined by a previous guest of the podcast, Rusty Young. They discuss the global drug trade, and Rusty's new documentary, 'Wildlands'. 

Scott Bevan

Nov 27, 2017 00:28:49

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Cheryl Akle talks with the author of 'The Harbour', Scott Bevan. They argue and agree about the various constituent parts of Sydney Harbour and the particular meanings these have for each of them.

Michael Leunig

Nov 21, 2017 00:31:36

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Cheryl Akle talks with Michael Leunig about youth, politics, war, and Michael’s new book, ‘Ducks for Dark Times’. 

Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason

Nov 21, 2017 00:30:42

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Cheryl Akle talks with Richard Fidler and Kari Gislason about their recently published book, ‘Saga Land’. They talk about the food, culture, and history of Iceland; what makes it funny and unique; and how their travels around Iceland fed their friendship. 

Anna Snoekstra

Nov 13, 2017 00:28:01

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Cheryl Akle talks to Anna Snoekstra. They discuss Anna's youth, growing up with difficulties hearing, having her thriller 'Only Daughter' picked up by Universal Studios in the US, and her most recent novel, 'Little Secrets'. 

Rachael Johns

Nov 13, 2017 00:22:56

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Cheryl Akle talks with Rachael Johns about life, writing, and her most recent book 'Talk Of The Town'. 

Ben Mckelvey and Eddie Robertson

Nov 6, 2017 00:37:09

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Cheryl Akle talks with author Ben Mckelvey and former Australian Special Forces operator Eddie Robertson about, 'The Commando: The Life and Death of Cameron Baird'.

Fiona McIntosh

Nov 6, 2017 00:29:56

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Cheryl Akle talks with Fiona McIntosh about her personal history, her writing, and her new book, 'The Tea Gardens'. 

Petrea King

Oct 30, 2017 00:31:03

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Cheryl Akle talks with author Petrea King. They discuss meditation, illness, and Petrea's most recent book, 'Up Until Now'. 

Marian Keyes

Oct 30, 2017 00:25:43

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Cheryl Akle talks with Irish author Marian Keyes. They discuss writing, feminism, and Marian's most recent book, 'The Break'. 

James Phelan and Andy Martin

Oct 23, 2017 00:31:57

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Cheryl Akle is joined by the authorial and academic pair, James Phelan and Andy Martin. They discuss Lee Childs, Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, the writing process, and Andy's new book, 'Reacher Said Nothing'. 

Sarah Krasnostein

Oct 23, 2017 00:27:19

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Cheryl Akle talks with Sarah Krasnostein about her journey into writing, Sandra Parkhurst, and her recently published book, 'The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life In Death, Decay & Despair'.

Judy Nunn

Oct 16, 2017 00:33:39

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Cheryl Akle is joined by writer and actor Judy Nunn. They discuss Judy’s career, writing strategies, and her recent book, ‘Sanctuary’. 

Steve Bisley

Oct 16, 2017 00:29:03

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Cheryl Akle is joined by Australian actor and writer Steve Bisley to talk about breaking into acting, his memoir, and his most recent book, 'All The Burning Bridges'. 

Campbell McConachie

Oct 9, 2017 00:28:01

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Cheryl Akle and Campbell McConachie discuss Lindsey Rose, crime, and Campbell's new book, 'The Fatalist'. 

Cassie Lane

Oct 9, 2017 00:34:17

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Cheryl Akle and Cassie Lane discuss Instagram, WAGs, the effects of the fashion industry and modelling on young women, and Cassie's new book, 'How to Dress a Dummy'.

Michael Brissenden

Oct 4, 2017 00:31:40

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Cheryl Akle and Michael Brissenden discuss career, writing, the failing media, and Michael's first book, 'The List'. 

Robert Drewe

Oct 4, 2017 00:26:57

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Cheryl Akle and Robert Drewe talk about writing, Australia, and Robert's most recent book, 'Whipbird'. 

Sheridan Jobbins

Sep 29, 2017 00:27:56

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Cheryl Akle and Sheridan Jobbins talk about a journey across America, romance, writing, and Sheridan's new book, 'Wish You Were Here'. 

Richard Flanagan

Sep 28, 2017 00:38:56

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Richard Flanagan talks to us about writing, memoir verses fiction, winning the Booker Prize and his new book First Person.

Hugh Riminton

Sep 26, 2017 00:32:42

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Cheryl Akle talks with veteran journalist Hugh Riminton about the changing nature of journalism, global politics, and his new book, 'Minefields: A Life In The News Game'.

Tania Blanchard

Sep 23, 2017 00:24:39

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Cheryl Akle speaks with Tania Blanchard about historical fiction, family history, and the roots of her debut novel, 'The Girl From Munich'. 

Meg Mason

Sep 21, 2017 00:27:08

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Cheryl Akle talks with Meg Mason about motherhood, professional life, writing, and Meg's recent book 'You Be Mother'. 

Holly Wainwright

Sep 18, 2017 00:31:54

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Cheryl Akle talks with Holly Wainwright about internet trolls, her career, and her new book, 'The Mummy Bloggers'. 

Joseph Kanon

Sep 15, 2017 00:34:02

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Cheryl Akle talks with Joseph Kanon about writing, communist defectors, and global politics.

Kylie Ladd

Sep 12, 2017 00:30:10

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Cheryl Akle is joined by author and neuropsychologist Kylie Ladd for a conversation about writing, dementia, and the origins of her recent book 'The Way Back'. 

Christopher Bollen

Sep 7, 2017 00:33:33

Description:

Cheryl Akle and Christopher Bollen talk about New York, a sense of place in Christopher's books, and the writing process. 

Paul Field

Sep 5, 2017 00:36:00

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Cheryl Akle and Paul Field discuss career, the unexpected success of The Wiggles, and Paul's recent book, 'Gimme Shelter'. 

Emma Viskic

Aug 28, 2017 00:24:02

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Cheryl Akle talks to award-winning crime writer and musician Emma Viskic. They discuss music, writing, and Emma's recent book, 'And Fire Came Down'. 

Bill Hayes

Aug 28, 2017 00:31:46

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Cheryl Akle talks to Bill Hayes about writing, insomnia, and the late Oliver Sacks. 

Rusty Young

Aug 28, 2017 00:33:36

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Cheryl Akle talks to Rusty Young about his origins as a writer, time spent in prison, and his recent book, 'Colombiano'. 

Armando Correa

Aug 21, 2017 00:29:22

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Cheryl Akle and Armando Correa talk about 'People en Espanol', Cuba, and Armando's debut novel, 'The German Girl'. 

Tony Jones

Aug 21, 2017 00:32:10

Description:

Cheryl Akle and Tony Jones talk about politics, the ABC across time, and Tony's new book, 'The Twentieth Man'. 

Ailsa Piper

Aug 14, 2017 00:31:56

Description:

Cheryl Akle talks with Ailsa Piper, author of 'The Attachment'. The two discuss writing, grief and personal faith.

Joanna Maxwell

Aug 14, 2017 00:26:19

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Cheryl Akle talks to Joanna Maxwell, author of 'Rethink Your Career: In your 40s, 50s and 60s'. They reveal how they each arrived in their current careers and the many facets of worklife. 

Anne Tonner

Aug 7, 2017 00:29:01

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Cheryl Akle talks with Anne Tonner, winner of the 2017 Finch Memoir Prize. The two discuss Anne’s daughter’s experience with anorexia, and her book, ‘Cold Vein’. 

Manal al-Sharif

Aug 7, 2017 00:32:06

Description:

Cheryl Akle talks to Manal al-Sharif about growing up in Saudi Arabia, finding her political voice, and her new book, ‘Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening’. 

Paul Irish

Jul 31, 2017 00:29:26

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Cheryl Akle and Paul Irish talk about Sydney History, Aboriginal identity, and Paul's new book, 'Hidden In Plain View'. 

Richard Anderson

Jul 31, 2017 00:22:05

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Cheryl Akle and Richard Anderson talk about writing; passionate, unexpected sex; and Richard’s new book, ‘The Good Teacher’. 

Jamila Rizvi

Jul 24, 2017 00:30:16

Description:

Cheryl Akle and Jamila Rizvi discuss Canberra, women in the workplace, and Jamila's new book, 'Not Just Lucky'. 

Wendy James and Jaye Ford

Jul 24, 2017 00:30:41

Description:

Cheryl Akle talks with authors Wendy James and Jaye Ford about their friendship, crime fiction, and differing writing processes. 

Jenevieve Chang

Jul 18, 2017 00:31:16

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Cheryl Akle and Jenevieve Chang discuss youth, racism, and Jenevieve's book 'The Good Girl Of China Town'. 

Michael Robotham

Jul 17, 2017 00:31:02

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Cheryl Akle and Michael Robotham talk about ghostwriting, crime fiction and Michael's new book, 'The Secrets She Keeps'. 

Monica McInerney

Jul 17, 2017 00:29:02

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Cheryl Akle and Monica McInerney discuss family, the journey into writing, and Monica's most recent book, 'The Trip of a Lifetime'. 

Rebecca Huntley

Jul 10, 2017 00:32:14

Description:

Cheryl Akle talks with social researcher Rebecca Huntley about social trends, Pauline Hanson, and what the hell is going on in the world. 

Jeffery Deaver

Jul 10, 2017 00:29:03

Description:

Cheryl Akle and Jeffery Deaver discuss crime writing, cooking and Jeffery's Lincoln Rhyme thriller, 'The Burial Hour'. 

Stephanie and Sebastian Smee

Jul 3, 2017 00:29:10

Description:

Translator Stephanie and Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Sebastian talk with Cheryl Akle about growing up in the Smee household. They reflect on their parents, language, and their own careers. 

Jane Hutcheon

Jul 3, 2017 00:26:46

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Cheryl Akle talks to Jane Hutcheon about her time in China, chinese orphanages, and her book 'China Baby Love'. 

Julie Randall

Jul 2, 2017 00:24:58

Description:

Cheryl Akle and Julie Randall talk about Julie's cancer diagnosis, her treatment in America, and her book Patient 71. 

Kirstie Clements

Jun 26, 2017 00:31:13

Description:

Cheryl Akle talks to former editor in chief of Vogue Australia Kirstie Clements about her career, fashion publishing, and fashion's influence on body image. 

 

Jenny Valentish

Jun 26, 2017 00:33:11

Description:

Cheryl Akle and Jenny Valentish talk about the drives behind addiction, how that differs between men and women, and Jenny's book 'Woman Of Substances: A Journey Into Addiction And Treatment'. 

Caroline Brothers

Jun 7, 2017 00:17:41

Description:

Cheryl Akle and Caroline Brothers discuss working abroad, how journalism has changed, historical fiction, and Caroline's new novel 'The Memory Stones'. 

Sara Foster

Jun 7, 2017 00:25:22

Description:

Cheryl Akle and Sara Foster talk about the transition from editor to author, writing professionaly, and Sara's new book 'The Hidden Hours'. 

Anabel Pandiella

Jun 7, 2017 00:25:03

Description:

Anabel Pandiella is the Marketing and PR director for Simon and Schuster Australia. Cheryl Akle and Anabel discuss career, how book publishing has changed, and the essential nature of the story. 

Louisa Hope - Part 2

Jun 6, 2017 00:27:07

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This is Part 2 of a conversation between Cheryl Akle and Lindt Cafe seige survivor Louisa Hope. The conversation explores where leadership came from on the day, group dynamics under adversity, and Louisa's own experience of the day and the years following. 

Louisa Hope - Part 1

Jun 5, 2017 00:30:31

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This is Part 1 of a conversation between Cheryl Akle and Lindt Cafe seige survivor Louisa Hope. The conversation explores where leadership came from on the day, group dynamics under adversity, and Louisa's own experience of the day and the years following. 

Tim Costello

May 30, 2017 00:26:56

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Cheryl Akle and Tim Costello discuss the value of faith, the nature of extremism, and Tim’s new book ‘Faith: Embracing Life In All Its Uncertainty'.

Heather Rose

May 30, 2017 00:34:29

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Cheryl Akle and Heather Rose talk about winning the Stella Prize, the future of the Arts in Australia, and Heather’s new book ‘The Museum Of Modern Love’.

Colson Whitehead

May 30, 2017 00:21:07

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Cheryl Akle and Colson Whitehead discuss the writing process, what it was like to end up on Barack Obama’s summer reading list, and Colson’s new book 'The Underground Railroad'.

Dame Quentin Bryce

May 30, 2017 00:31:02

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Cheryl Akle and Dame Quentin Bryce discuss a storied career, the current status of women, and Quentin's new book 'Dear Quentin - Letters of a Governor-General'.

 

 

George Saunders

May 30, 2017 00:18:08

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Cheryl Akle and George Saunders discuss the Trump phenomenon, reassessing their understanding of the world, and George's new book 'Lincoln In The Bardo'.

Valli Little

May 10, 2017 00:28:18

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Cheryl Akle and Valli Little discuss the communal nature of cooking, Valli's journey into food, and her new book ‘My Kind Of Food’. 

Mia Freedman

May 10, 2017 00:27:18

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Cheryl Akle and Mia Freedman discuss how women find community, the media in Australia, and Mia’s new book ‘Work Strife Balance’. 

Oliver and Rosemarie Zammit

May 10, 2017 00:29:29

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Rosemarie and Oliver Zammit talk to Cheryl Akle about the death of their son Doujon Zammit. They discuss organ donations and the relationships that came about because of them. 

Natasha Lester

May 10, 2017 00:24:24

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Cheryl Akle and Natasha Lester talk in depth about the writing process, the book publishing world, and Natasha's most recent book 'Her Mother's Secret'. 

 

Turia Pitt

May 9, 2017 00:27:25

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Cheryl Akle and Turia Pitt continue an ongoing conversation. They discuss overcoming challenges and the value of hard work. 

Better Reading Book Club - The Girl Before

May 7, 2017 00:30:54

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Cheryl Akle is joined by authors Rachel Johns and Katherine Scholes for a discussion about J.P Delaney's 'The Girl Before'. 

Katherine Scholes

May 4, 2017 00:24:22

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Katherine Scholes and Cheryl Akle discuss the writing process, childhood, finding a sense of place, and Katherine’s new book ‘Congo Dawn’. 

John Safran

May 4, 2017 00:33:51

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John Safran and Cheryl Akle discuss the changing face of far right movements in Australia, the logic of the left and right, and John’s new book ‘Depends What You Mean By Extremist’.

Caroline Overington

Apr 29, 2017 00:31:36

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Caroline Overington talks to Cheryl Akle speak about journalism, literary scandal, writing, and her new book 'The Lucky One'. 

Tracey Spicer

Apr 28, 2017 00:25:04

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Cheryl Akle and Tracey Spicer talk about inequality in the media, society, and families. 

 

Holly Throsby

Apr 15, 2017 00:26:48

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Cheryl Akle and Holly Throsby speak about family, education, the arts, making albums, and writing her book 'Goodwood'. 

Candice Fox

Apr 7, 2017 00:39:11

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Cheryl Akle speaks to Candice Fox about family life, nature vs nurture, the culture of the navy, and how her collaboration with James Patterson came about. 

Nikki Gemmell

Apr 7, 2017 00:31:42

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Cheryl Akle speaks to Nikki Gemmell about her mother, her books, and the broader influences in her life.