Cheryl Akle’s Top Podcast Picks of 2017

Cheryl Akle’s Top Podcast Picks of 2017

Don Watson imageSince releasing the Better Reading Podcast: the Stories Behind the Story  in April we’ve recorded 79 fabulous podcasts. I’ve spoken to authors, politicians, activists, comedians, and more, and every single conversation has stayed with me. A couple from this year have stood out as highlights. These are my favourite podcasts we’ve recorded this year, and I’m sure we’ll record even more great conversations in 2018.

Don Watson

Over the years Don Watson has written on politics and politicians in Australia and the USA. I remember selling copies of Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating in my bookstore days. But Watson has grown far beyond his early days as a political speech writer to become one of Australia’s most thoughtful and listened-to voices in contemporary society. Listen to this podcast and you’ll find out exactly why.

Duration: 32 mins.

Listen on iTunesomny.com, or Stitcher.

Ben McKelvey and Eddie Robertson

I remember being totally mesmerised during this podcast. It’s the true story of the life and death of Cameron Baird, VC, MG, told by Eddie Robertson (former soldier) and Ben Mckelvey, freelance writer. Baird perished in Afghanistan, 2013, and Robertson reflected throughout our conversation on Baird’s bravery, and what his sacrifice meant for soldiers today.

Duration: 37 mins.

Listen on iTunes, omny.com, or Stitcher.

Ailsa Piper

Ailsa must be one of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. She’s an effortless storyteller, full of wisdom and heart and life. Despite being touched by the tragic passing of her husband, Ailsa remains an optimistic, charming, and resilient chameleon, who writes, directs, performs, and . . . honestly it’s hard to think of something she hasn’t done. Fun fact: she is a narrator of audiobooks and narrated Hope Farm by Peggy Drew and The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood!

Duration: 31 mins.

Listen on iTunes, omny.com, or Stitcher.

George Saunders

At the Sydney Writers’ Festival, I sat down with George Saunders (well before he had won the Man Booker for Lincoln in the Bardo!) and spoke about American politics, despicable presidents – ahem, Mr Trump – and why we should not be fearful; we should hope instead. A brilliant man who absolutely shines throughout this interview.

Duration: 18 mins.

Listen on iTunes, omny.com, or Stitcher.


Candice Fox

She is a young, switched-on, and incredibly successful Aussie crime writer. I’ve always wondered what makes crime writers tick and whether they’re messed up, how they get their ideas (however gruesome or heartless they may be), but the real gem in this podcast was Candice opening up about her turbulent, frenetic personal life. By the end of it I had learned so much more about the woman behind the words.

Duration:

Listen on iTunes, omny.com, or Stitcher.

 

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                      George Saunders
                      About the author

                      George Saunders

                      About the AuthorGeorge Saunders is the author of nine books, including Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Folio Prize (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short-story collection). He has received MacArthur and Guggen-heim fellowships and the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

                      Books by George Saunders

                      Ben Mckelvey
                      About the author

                      Ben Mckelvey

                      Ben Mckelvey is a freelance writer and editor from Sydney who has filed for Good Weekend, GQ, Voyeur, Rolling Stone, The Bulletin, COSMO, CLEO and the SMH, AGE and West Australian newspapers. Ben's previous gigs have included editing SPORT&STYLE and Juice magazines, and working on the Sydney Morning Herald as a Senior Feature Writer. He has been embedded with the ADF in East Timor and Iraq, and has worked independently in Iran and Afghanistan.

                      Books by Ben Mckelvey

                      Candice Fox
                      About the author

                      Candice Fox

                      Hades, Candice Fox's first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back to back. All her subsequent novels – FallCrimson Lake, Redemption Point and Gone by Midnight – have been shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award.In 2015 Candice began collaborating with James Patterson. Their first novel together, Never Never, set in the vast Australian outback, was a huge bestseller in Australia and went straight to number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in the US and also to the top of the charts in the UK. Their subsequent novels Fifty FiftyLiar Liar and Hush Hush have all been massive bestsellers across the world. Their most recent collaboration, The Inn, was released in August 2019.Bankstown born and bred, Candice lives in Sydney.

                      Books by Candice Fox

                      Don Watson
                      About the author

                      Don Watson

                      Don Watson is one of Australia's most distinguished writers. His bestselling account of his time as Paul Keating's speechwriter, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart, won several awards, as did his 2008 release American Journeys. Don's most recent book is Bendable Learnings (2009), a successor to Death Sentence and Weasel Words.

                      Books by Don Watson

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