The Rise and Rise of Women: Better Reading Podcast

The Rise and Rise of Women: Better Reading Podcast

Holly Ringland, author of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart:

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.

Kristina Olsson, author of Shell:

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 impressive career as both a journalist and writer.

Holly Throsby, author of Cedar Valley:

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 industries, and the art of story-telling through both writing and song.

Emma Viskic, author of And Fire Came Down:

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.

Tania Blanchard, author of The Girl From Munich:

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

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                      Holly Ringland
                      About the author

                      Holly Ringland

                      Holly Ringland is the author of the international bestseller, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart which has been translated into 31 languages and is being adapted into a seven-part-TV series starring Sigourney Weaver, and produced by Amazon Prime and Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories. It will screen in 240+ countries in 2023. In 2019, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart won The Australian Book Industry Award General Fiction Book of the Year. In 2021, Holly co-hosted an 8-episode ABC TV series, Back to Nature, alongside Aaron Pedersen. After living between Australia and the UK for ten years, Holly has been based in the hinterland of Queensland since 2020, where she wrote The Seven Skins of Esther Wilding in her 'office', a vintage caravan named Frenchie.

                      Books by Holly Ringland

                      Tania Blanchard
                      About the author

                      Tania Blanchard

                      Tania Blanchard was inspired to write by the fascinating stories her German grandmother told her as a child. Coming from a family with a rich cultural heritage, stories have always been in her blood. Her first novel published by Simon & Schuster Australia, The Girl from Munich, was a runaway bestseller, as was the sequel, Suitcase of Dreams. Tania lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.

                      Books by Tania Blanchard

                      Holly Throsby
                      About the author

                      Holly Throsby

                      Holly Throsby is a songwriter, musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released four critically acclaimed solo albums, a collection of original children's songs, and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper. Goodwood is Holly's debut novel.

                      Books by Holly Throsby

                      Emma Viskic
                      About the author

                      Emma Viskic

                      Emma Viskic is an award-winning Australian crime writer. Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Resurrection Bay, won the 2016 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, as well as an unprecedented three Davitt Awards: Best Adult Novel, Best Debut, and Readers’ Choice. Resurrection Bay was iBooks Australia’s Crime Novel of 2015. She is currently working on her fourth book.

                      Books by Emma Viskic

                      Kristina Olsson
                      About the author

                      Kristina Olsson

                      Kristina was born in 1956 and raised in Brisbane of Swedish and Australian heritage. She studied journalism at the University of Queensland and went on to write for The Australian, The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail, the Sydney Sunday Telegraph and Griffith Review.She has also worked as an advisor to government and as a teacher of creative writing and journalism at tertiary and community level. She supervises and mentors several post-graduate writing students and also works as a manuscript assessor and editor.University of Queensland Press published her first novel, In One Skin, in 2001. This was  followed by Kilroy Was Here  in 2005 and The China Garden in 2009. Boy, Lost, a family memoir, was published by UQP in March 2013.Kristina has two adult children, as well as three grandchildren. She lives in Brisbane.

                      Books by Kristina Olsson

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