Episode twenty-six: Libby Hathorn -‘ Eventual Poppy Day’, ‘A Soldier , a dog and a Boy’ and T.M Clarke: ‘Tears of the Cheetah’
Libby Hathorn’s ‘A Soldier, a dog and a boy’ is a picture book for small children about the First World War. ‘Eventual Poppy Day’ is for older readers on the same subject. They are beautifully written stories about a serious subject and with Anzac day coming up in two week s might provide a gentler explanation of just what those old blokes are marching in the street for.
‘Tears of the Cheetah’ is set in South Africa and is a novel about the dangers of running conservation projects in that country. T.M Clark grew up in South Africa and most of her novels are set there as she tries to alert her readers to the complex social and political problems facing the country.
Music track : “ Down the river’ by Starboard Cannons
T. M Clark recorded at the ARRC in Melbourne 2016 and Libby Hathorn at Somerset Literature Festival in 2017
Over the next few weeks I will repeat some of the most popular posts while we catch up on recording new authors.
Sadly, we will not be attending Sydney Writer’s festival this year but we will be going to Bellingen, Byron and Brisbane.
This wonderful double act of writing and reading comes from the ever popular author Graeme Simsion of ‘The Rosie Project ‘ fame and Anne Buist who can usually be found in the Crime writers section. Set in the beautiful countryside of the Santiago di Compostela pilgrim’s walk, it draws on the two authors’ experience of walking this trail.
If you like the sound of this book, clicking on the book cover will take you to Booktopia.
Edition two : Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist – ‘Two Steps Forward’.
Hear husband and wife writing team Graeme Simsion and AnneBuist combining forces to read the characters they wrote for ‘Two Steps Forward’.
Featured music track : The ‘River of Remembrance” by Lucinda Peters
Recorded at the Sydney writers Festival 2017 in Graeme and Anne’s hotel room ( as the media room was too noisy!)
First, an apology if you just received a podcast post this week for Nadja Spiegelman and Jenevieve Chang, I was testing out our new links and accidentally reposted an old post!
But, check it out and see if the links on the book covers in the post take you over to Booktopia, if so, we have entered a new era at Narratives.
Keeping this website financially afloat is a an ever increasing pressure, so we sifted through the options for monetization and decided an affiliation with an all Australian book supplier was the best fit.
So now, (hopefully), anywhere on the Narratives site , whether in the categories or on the Podcast page, just click on the book cover of the book you are interested in and it should take you over to Booktopia where they seem to have great discounts on all sorts of books.We will receive a few cents if you actually buy, but you have up to 60 days to actually make up your mind on the sale and we will still get a pay out.
If the book cover you click on doesn’t take you to the book you were looking for it may one of the very few that are not actually stocked by Booktopia. You will have to follow up that up with the author. Some self published novels aren’t available,but an awful lot are.
So, we have tried our best not to clutter your site with intrusive ads, and supply an extra service.
We just need to have someone buy a book through our site now to see if the whole thing works!
Thanks for being a subscriber, lots of new authors coming up for 2018.
Episode nineteen:George Gittoes ‘Blood Mystic’ and Louise Doughty ‘Black Water’
Today our edition has a serious theme as two authors give us very different accounts of the horrors of war. Australian Artist George Gittoes has been present at so many wars I actually lost count and he corrected me when I was interviewing him. As a public speaker he is riveting His book ‘Blood Mystic’ is an account of just a few of the warzones he has witnessed and recorded, and of his life lived perpetually on the edge of danger. Louise Doughty’s book ‘ Blackwater’ is a novel, but it is based on extensive research she made into Jakarta’s dark history. There is strong language used in this edition and adult themes.
Music track:‘Things Fall Apart’ the General Assembly
George Gittoes was recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2017, Louise Doughty was recorded at Byron writers Festival 2016.
Romance fiction is a multimillion dollar industry in Australia and also has some of the highest paid and most popular authors in the country from the number of authors who have international publishing deals. So, have you got a heart tugger lurking in the bottom drawer? How would you go about getting it published? Is it bettert o self publish? what do reader’s think of the romance industry?
‘Position doubtful’ is an old surveyors map term used for areas where it is almost impossible to get a landmark for bearing.
In her memoir , Kim Mahood uses this term to apply to her memories of the history of a homestead that used to belong to her family and her deep attachment to the land and its indigenous peoples that surround this place. Here she reads from her opening chapter and later in our interview explains what has drawn her to write of this geographical place that is located in her heart and of the charts she created to depict its story.
You’ve been listening to Kim Mahood discuss her book ‘Position Doubtful’ and our music track was “Periphery’ by the Belle Miners.
Sophie Green decided to set her fictional novel : THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIE’S BOOK CLUB’ in the outback because she too had fallen in love the land but her novel explores the lives of the women on several outback stations who form a book club as a way of getting to know each other- particularly the new girl, ??.. freshly married and arrived from England.
Luc SAnte is an author and critic. He is frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.
‘The Other Paris’ is actually a walk through the history of Paris from 200 hundred years ago to the 20 century
The Paris we know today was, in Napoleon’s time, a city surrounded by a slowly destroyed rural life, where the fringes of the cities inhabitants struggled to eke out a living beyond ‘The Wall’. I found it interesting to hear an account of the frenetic recycling that this produced, as every scrap of material and detritus was used to make a new product. Luc and I spoke about ‘The Other Paris first and then he read a whole chapter from it. I found the visions he evoked were mesmerising and so have allowed this to be one long read from a single author .
Original music score by Ken Naughton.
Songs ‘ Paris se regarde’ and ‘Paris’ by Bebe et Lulu
Hear author Jeneveive Chang as she recounts an exciting but also dangerous time she spent as a young dancer in Shanghai in The Good Girl of Chinatown , and Nadja Spiegelman will enter that fraught area of the relationship between a highly strung mother and her daughter in her memoir ‘I’m supposed to protect you from all this’.
Music tracks : ‘I love you and let you go’ by Gyan; ‘Fire in her Belly’ by Trysette
Nick earls is an Australian novel writer who has written over twenty books for both adults and children. He has won numerous awards internationally and nationally for his writing and two of his books ( 48 shades of brown and Perfect Skin )have been adapted into feature films, and five into stage plays. ‘Wisdom Tree; is actually a series of five novellas, subtly linked through the characters and events.
In this podcast-short extracts from Wisdom Tree’s five novellas are read by other noted authors:
Gotham read by Liam Pieper ? Gotham introduces us to ‘nasty boy’ , the latest rapper sensation.
2.Venice read by Ashley Hay ? friends conspire to support another by the means of a casserole
Vancouver by Matt condon ? a young boys recollections of his eccentric father and his involvement with a basket baller
In ‘Spark’ Rachel Craw has a group of teenagers, fumbling with their own emerging feelings and identities caught up in a tale of genetic engineering and superheroes, James Bradley explains the title of his work ‘Clade’ and reads from the opening chapter when the hero has elected to go on a mission to Antarctica, while Krissy Kneen in ‘An uncertain Grace’ really gets our heads turned around with the idea of observing the world through other people’s eyes- even their skin!
Music Track : Robotica by Michael Fairley from ‘Boy from Mars’