Today is Tomorrow’s History: Judy Nunn on the Better Reading Podcast

Today is Tomorrow’s History: Judy Nunn on the Better Reading Podcast

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“I was asked by some people, ‘how come you’re writing a contemporary novel?’ which is a bit weird, because my previous novel The Spirit of the Ghan was set in 2003, which I don’t see as Neanderthal times. I see that as vaguely contemporary. The presumption was that I write historically based Australian novels from a long time ago. Well this still is a historical novel, in my point of view, because we’re living in history. Today is tomorrow’s history.” – Judy Nunn

In this podcast, we speak with writer and actor Judy Nunn about her latest novel. Sanctuary is a brave dip into contemporary Australian policies. Known best for her acting career and a number of bestselling historically-based novels set in Australia, Judy tackles the controversial subject of refugees.

You can read our full review of Judy Nunn’s Santuary here.

Podcast Guest : Judy Nunn

Judy is an Australian author, screenwriter, as well as a former actor. As an actor she is known best for her role as Ailsa Stewart in Home and Away, and she has written scripts for Neighbours and Possession.

She started writing fiction in the 1980s and since then has written almost twenty books.

She is most famous for her historically-based novels set in Australia. Her latest book Sanctuary continues that tradition. It is a portrait of love, hope, and survival on an isolated island off Western Australia.

Duration: 33 mins.

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                      Publisher details

                      Sanctuary
                      Author
                      Judy Nunn
                      Publisher
                      Random House
                      Genre
                      Australian Fiction
                      Released
                      16 October, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      In Judy Nunn's latest compelling novel, compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia.On a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, a rickety wooden dinghy runs aground. Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are. Strangers before the violent storm that tore their vessel apart, the instinct to survive has seen them bond during their days adrift on a vast and merciless ocean. Refugees from wartorn lands, fate has cast them ashore with only one thing in common ...fear. Rassen the doctor, Massoud the student, the child Hamid and the others all fear for their lives. But in their midst is Jalila who appears to fear nothing. The beautiful young Yazidi woman is a mystery to them all. While they remain undiscovered on the deserted island, they dare to dream of a new life. But good things aren't meant to last ...Forty kilometres away on the mainland lies the tiny fishing port of Shoalhaven. The people who dwell there have opinions. Many and varied opinions. The refugees are about to become the centre of attention - and Shoalhaven a microcosm of Australia at large ...About the authorJudy Nunn's career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted. After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided in the 90s to turn her hand to prose.Her first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, set respectively in the worlds of television, theatre and film, became instant bestsellers, and the rest is history, quite literally in fact. She has since developed a love of writing Australian historically-based fiction and her fame as a novelist has spread rapidly throughout Europe where she is published in English, German, French, Dutch, Czech and Spanish.Her subsequent bestsellers, Kal, Beneath The Southern Cross, Territory, Pacific, Heritage, Floodtide, Maralinga and Tiger Menconfirm Judy's position as one of Australia's leading fiction writers.
                      Judy Nunn
                      About the author

                      Judy Nunn

                      Judy Nunn’s career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted. After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided in the 90s to turn her hand to prose.Her first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, set respectively in the worlds of television, theatre and film, became instant bestsellers, and the rest is history, quite literally in fact. She has since developed a love of writing Australian historically-based fiction and her fame as a novelist has spread rapidly throughout Europe where she is published in English, German, French, Dutch, Czech and Spanish.Her subsequent bestsellers, Kal, Beneath the Southern Cross, Territory, Pacific, Heritage, Floodtide, Maralinga, Tiger Men, Elianne, Spirits of the Ghan, Sanctuary and Khaki Townconfirmed Judy’s position as one of Australia’s leading fiction writers.In 2015 Judy was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her "significant service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen, and to literature as an author".

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