Kate's reviewI love art in all its forms, and had heard so many wonderful reviews of The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose (which won the 2017 Stella Prize) that I had been wanting to read it for a long time. And I am so glad I did. It is the definitely one of the best books I've read this year. Quite possibly, one of the best books I've read ever.
Sarah's reviewSet in the isolation of the vast, sparsely populated Northern Territory, in a land of cattle stations and stockmen during 1978-1981, The Inaugural Fairvale Ladies Book Club harks back to an even earlier Australia. Just as Australia’s pioneer women suffered the trials of isolation, the women of the small towns and cattle stations in Australia’s north continue this tradition today.
Author interviewSarah Winman, who's award-winning debut novel When God Was a Rabbit stormed into the international bestseller list, was in Australia this year to promote her latest novel Tin Man at the 2018 Perth Festival Writers' Week, and took time out to have a chat with Kate Forsyth (also a guest). Sarah has a great food story to share about how she and her partner would trade their art for restaurant dinners as young things when they were struggling just to pay the rent.
Portrait of a recipeStella Prize winner Charlotte Wood is, to all accounts, an excellent cook and her book The Natural Way of Things is full of recipes - one whole chapter is devoted to pastry. Charlotte says she cut her teeth on Elizabeth David's cookbooks after learning about them one day at a friend's dinner party. "That day ... I suddenly saw how creativity and cooking were completely connected," says Charlotte.
TidbitsThere was more bookish news than you could poke a stick at this week, and we have expanded the section to include international news. Writing NSW’s biennial Kids & YA Festival leads this week's line-up because the event was the fourth-highest trender on Twitter, edged out by the football and a major political event (thanks to some frantic tweeting by attendees), and it feels like an absolute triumph whenever books are mentioned in the same breath as football in Australia’s media.
Recommended readsEach episode, we interview authors and ask them to name the best book they’ve read lately on the assumption that we are bound to get the best of the best when it comes to creating our own reading list. This set of recommended reads comes from authors who were appearing at the Perth Festival Writers Week, and we have some real humdingers.
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Iconic literary food momentsThis week, we’re barreling forward in time to contemporary literature and the year 1999 to recognise the book that to many proved the definitive and final word on the relationship between food and literature. Chocolat is so laden with food quotes it is difficult to pick just one, so we narrowed it down to three. Joanne Harris’s Chocolat not only contains a slather of iconic literary food moments, it is the iconic literary food moment.
Louise Allan talks about her novel The Sisters Song, shares an unusual Department of Education cookbook from her school days, and calls for 'pavlova proof'.