It is beguiling to read one great writer exploring the work of another. To read a thoughtful account of a writer’s life, of their writings, and the impact they have had, is illuminating. Bernadette Brennan’s award-winning biography of Helen Garner provides a rich literary portrait of her much loved subject. Ceridwen Dovey’s intimate account of her – and her mother’s - deep engagement with J.M. Coetzee’s work is lucid, learned and revealing.
Dr Bernadette Brennan is an academic and researcher in contemporary Australian writing, literature and ethics. She is the author of a number of publications, including a monograph on Brian Castro and two edited collections: Just Words?: Australian Authors Writing for Justice, and Ethical Investigations: Essays on Australian Literature and Poetics .
South African-born Ceridwen Dovey’s second book, Only the Animals, won the inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award. Her most recent novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, was published in 2018.
David Marr is one of Australia’s most respected journalists and commentators. He is the recipient of four Walkley Awards for journalism and the author of six best-selling Quarterly Essays. His books include the award-winning Patrick White: A Life.