Podcast: Campbell Mattinson on Using Writing to Break Down Barriers of Love and Loss

Podcast: Campbell Mattinson on Using Writing to Break Down Barriers of Love and Loss

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Campbell Mattinson talks to Cheryl about how his writing has changed over the years and the tragedy that inspired his debut novel, We Were Not Men.

About the author:

Campbell Mattinson started a journalism cadetship in 1987. He’s mostly worked as a writer, editor, photographer and wine critic, though he’s also had stints as a dishwasher in an Indian restaurant, as a data entry clerk at a stockbroker and as a proofreader of phone books. He won the Best Australian Sports Writing Award in 1996 for a story that is the basis of We Were Not Men. His 2006 biography of winemaker Maurice O’Shea, The Wine Hunter, has won numerous awards, as has his website, The Winefront. He describes We Were Not Men as ‘the only story I ever really wanted to write’.

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An Unforgettable Coming-of-Age Story: Read an Extract from We Were Not Men by Campbell Mattinson

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8 June 2021

An Unforgettable Coming-of-Age Story: Read an Extract from We Were Not Men by Campbell Mattinson

    A Powerhouse Debut: Read our Review of We Were Not Men by Campbell Mattinson

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    7 June 2021

    A Powerhouse Debut: Read our Review of We Were Not Men by Campbell Mattinson

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        Synopsis

        This is a story about love. Love for nine-year-old twins Jon and Eden Hardacre is simple. Their mum, the creek that they swim in, each other - this is the love that they trust, love as clear and pure as sunlight, as honey, as water. But then there's a terrible accident. And in its wake, they develop a desperation - a yearning - to outgrow tragedy. They grow up, compete with each other, fall in love with the same girl, and begin to realise that their lives - and who they love - demands something more. Something deeper. Richer. Heart-hammeringly original, intense and deeply moving, We Were Not Men is a powerhouse novel about all the various faces that love shows us and how sometimes, distracted by life, ambition or attraction, we take it for granted until it's too late - or almost too late. An unforgettable novel about the difference between getting older and growing up, from an astonishing new and original voice, pulsing with grief, hope and love. It is a revelation.
        Campbell Mattinson
        About the author

        Campbell Mattinson

        Campbell Mattinson started a journalism cadetship in 1987. He's mostly worked as a writer, editor, photographer and wine critic, though he's also had stints as a dishwasher in an Indian restaurant, as a data entry clerk at a stockbroker and as a proofreader of phone books. He won the Best Australian Sports Writing Award in 1996 for a story that is the basis of We Were Not Men. His 2006 biography of winemaker Maurice O'Shea, The Wine Hunter, has won numerous awards, as has his website, The Winefront. He describes We Were Not Men as 'the only story I ever really wanted to write'. 

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