Podcast: Funny, Sad and Suspenseful with Michelle de Kretser

Podcast: Funny, Sad and Suspenseful with Michelle de Kretser

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Two-time Miles Franklin winnerMichelle 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.

Podcast guest: Michelle de Kretser 

Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Australia at the age of 14. She has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer.  In 2013, she won the Miles Franklin award for Questions of Travel. Her current book, The Life to Come, which is set in Sydney, Paris and colonial Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), is a mesmerising novel about the stories we tell and don’t tell ourselves as individuals, as societies and as nations. 

Duration: 39 mins

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                      Publisher details

                      The Life to Come
                      Author
                      Michelle de Kretser
                      Publisher
                      Allen & Unwin
                      Genre
                      Fiction
                      Released
                      01 October, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      'I so much admire Michelle de Kretser's formidable technique - her characters feel alive, and she can create a sweeping narrative which encompasses years, and yet still retain the sharp, almost hallucinatory detail.' – Hilary Mantel'Michelle de Kretser knows how to construct a gripping story. She writes quickly and lightly of wonderful and terrible things...A master storyteller.' – A.S. ByattSet in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, 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. It feels at once firmly classic and exhilaratingly contemporary.Pippa is a writer who longs for success. Celeste tries to convince herself that her feelings for her married lover are reciprocated. Ash makes strategic use of his childhood in Sri Lanka but blots out the memory of a tragedy from that time. Driven by riveting stories and unforgettable characters, here is a dazzling meditation on intimacy, loneliness and our flawed perception of other people.Profoundly moving as well as bitingly funny, The Life to Come reveals how the shadows cast by both the past and the future can transform, distort and undo the present. This extraordinary novel by Miles Franklin-winning author Michelle de Kretser will strike to your soul.'...one of those rare writers whose work balances substance with style. Her writing is very witty, but it also goes deep, informed at every point by a benign and far-reaching intelligence.' – Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald'...a dazzlingly accomplished author who commands all the strokes. Her repertoire stretches from a hallucinatory sense of place to a mastery of suspense, sophisticated verbal artistry and a formidable skill in navigating those twisty paths where history and psychology entwine.' – Boyd Tonkin, Independent
                      Michelle de Kretser
                      About the author

                      Michelle de Kretser

                      Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer. She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which was widely praised by writers such as AS Byatt, Hilary Mantel and William Boyd and won a swag of awards, including: the 2008 NSW Premier's Book of the Year Award and the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and the 2008 ALS Gold Medal. The Lost Dog was also shortlisted for the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, the Western Australian Premier's Australia-Asia Literary Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Asia-Pacific Region) and Orange Prize's Shadow Youth Panel. It was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Questions of Travel was the winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Award, the Prime Ministers Literary Award for Fiction and the Western Australian Premier's Prize and Award for Fiction.

                      Books by Michelle de Kretser

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