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Saturday March 19th - Book Families

Today on the show Andrew speaks with Anna Ciddor about her new novel The Family With Two Front Doors. Based on tales from her Nana Nomi, The Family With Two Front Doors is an endearing and thought provoking look at life in Poland in the 1920's.

Later in the show Andrew gives you a run down on the titles in the 2016 Stella Prize shortlist announced last week...

Six Bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight 

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew

A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories by Elizabeth Harrower 

The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau 

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood 

Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger by Fiona Wright 

Produced by Andrew Pople

Saturday March 12th - Parallel Worlds

Today on the show Andrew discovers two new books with diverse ideas about the world.

Shakira Hussein's 'From Victims to Suspects' explores the position of Muslim women in societies across the world since 9/11. Shakira discusses the burden of explaining Islam that many Muslim women find placed on them and explores the role of the media in creating the role of the victim and demonising the suspect.

Jaclyn Moriarty's The Colours of Madeleine Trilogy explores a world adjacent our own accessed through a parking meter in the university town of Cambridge. Sounds mad right?! But the trilogy is an engaging, stunningly realised fantasy and Jaclyn came into the studio to discuss its final chapter A Tangle of Gold.

Produced by Andrew Pople

Saturday March 5th - Urban Fantasy

Today on the show we'll be delving into the realm of urban fantasy with two new novels from Australian authors.

Who's Afraid is the debut novel from Sydney author Maria Lewis... Traversing the globe between Scotland and New Zealand, Who's Afraid introduces Tommi Grayson. She's got blue hair, a mysterious past and anger issues, but that barely begins to cover the issues she's about to discover. Dealing with the grief of losing her mother Tommi reconnects with her family and discovers her birthright as a werewolf!

Later on the show Andrew talks with Melanie Casey about the third book in her Cass Lehman series 'Missing'. Reimagining the Cassandra myth, Melanie Casey gives us a reluctant hero burdened by the ability to intuit violent deaths that have happened near her. Missing takes us into the investigation of dismembered body parts discovered in a dump outside Adelaide. As it emerges the victims are likely homeless men, Cass gets involved in an investigation that hits a little too close to home...

Produced by Andrew Pople

C.S. Pacat 'Kings Rising' - Full Interview

C.S. Pacat's The Captive Prince trilogy began its life as a web serial before being picked up by Penguin and becoming a publishing sensation.

Taking us to the fictional kingdoms of Akielon and Vere, the trilogy details the story of Damen. The rightful heir to the kingdom of Akielon, Damen is betrayed by his half-brother and sold into sexual slavery at the whim of his enemy Prince Laurent. Unique in the fantasy genre, The Captive Prince trilogy hinges on taught drama, political intrigue and sexual tension.

C.S. Pacat came into the studio and had a wide ranging conversation with Andrew Pople about her influences, how she captures the mood in her characters and her love of genre writing.

Produced by Andrew Pople

Saturday February 27th - Fantasy and the Legacy of Harper Lee

The week gone has seen the literary world lose two beloved writers. Harper Lee and Umberto Eco died on Friday the 19th of February aged eighty-nine and eighty four respectively.

Professor Paul Giles from the University of Sydney speaks with Andrew, and they discuss the legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as the emergence of a very different Scout Finch in last year's Go Set a Watchman. 

Later on the show Andrew will be speaking with C.S. Pacat the author of The Captive Prince Trilogy. Captive Prince began its life as a web serial before being picked up by Penguin and becoming a publishing sensation. Taking us to the fictional kingdoms of Akielon and Vere, the trilogy details the story of Damen. The rightful heir to the kingdom of Akielon, Damen is betrayed by his half-brother and sold into sexual slavery at the whim of his enemy Prince Laurent. Unique in the fantasy genre, The Captive Prince trilogy hinges on taught drama, political intrigue and sexual tension.

Produced by Andrew Pople

Kirsty Eagar 'Summer Skin' - Full Interview

Jess Gordon is out for revenge against the college boys who tormented her friend and she's not going to let a charming, good looking adversary get in the way. It's your standard boy meets girl, girl ties boy up and shaves his eyebrows because he's being a dick type of tale that challenges the fortress of male entitlement that too often sees women fall at the heroes feet as he rides in on some narrative phallus. Summer Skin tips Romantic convention on its arse, deconstructs the bad boy and tells women it's ok to say fuck off in the game of love.

Andrew spoke with KIrsty Eagar about Summer Skin and you can catch the full conversation now!

Produced by Andrew Pople

Sally Hepworth 'The Things We Keep' - Full Interview

Imagine slowly losing yourself to Alzheimer's disease. Imagine now that you're only in your thirties and you may have just met the love of your life.

Andrew Pople spoke with Sally Hepworth about The Things We Keep; a beautiful romance and a reflection on memory and what truly makes us who we are.

Produced by Andrew Pople

Saturday February 20th - Romance, But Not As We Know It!

It may have been Valentine's Day last weekend, but here on Final Draft we don't need a fat winged baby selling gift cards and chocolates to tell us when to get loved up.

Today's show gets a little bit romantic with two new novels that broadly deal with love and affairs of the heart....

Summer Skin is the new novel from Sydney based author Kirsty Eagar. It's your standard boy meets girl, girl ties boy up and shaves his eyebrows because he's being a dick type of tale that challenges the fortress of male entitlement that too often sees women fall at the heroes feet as he rides in on some narrative phallus. Jess Gordon is out for revenge against the college boys who tormented her friend and she's not going to let a charming, good looking adversary get in the way. Summer Skin tips Romantic convention on its arse, deconstructs the bad boy and tells women it's ok to say fuck off in the game of love.

The Things We Keep is the latest novel from Melbourne author Sally Hepworth. Imagine slowly losing yourself to Alzheimer's disease. Imagine that you're only in your thirties and you may have just met the love of your life. In The Things We Keep we meet Anna who has retired from her life as a paramedic and finds herself in a nursing home at the age of thirty eight. There she meets Luke and we explore with them the possibility of romance when you cannot remember your loved one.

Grab a box of tissues and curl up on the couch; it's romance, but not as we know it, today on Final Draft.

Produced by Andrew Pople

Justine Larbalestier 'My Sister Rosa' - Full Interview

My Sister Rosa follows Che and his family as they move to New York City. Che only wants a few things from his life; to find a girlfriend, to final box against a real opponent, and to control his ten year old sister Rosa. Everybody loves Rosa, with her golden curls and perfect manners, but Che's been watching and he's pretty sure Rosa is a psychopath!

Justine Larbalestier came into the 2SER studios and had a great conversation with Andrew about the work of writing psychos, her inspiration for the book and just how important YA fiction really is... 

Produced by Andrew Pople

Saturday February 13th - Fabulous Female Writers!

Today on the show Andrew is joined by The Stella Prize, prize manager Veronica Sullivan who'll be previewing the recently announced longlist for the 2016 prize. They also be discussing all the great initiatives the Stella Prize has in development to support Australian Women Writers; including The Stella Count and The Stella Sparks program.

Also on the show we feature a gripping new title from Sydney based author Justine Larbalestier. 'My Sister Rosa' follows Che and his family as they move to New York City. Che only wants a few things from his life; to find a girlfriend, to final box against a real opponent, and to control his ten year old sister Rosa. Everybody loves Rosa, with her golden curls and perfect manners, but Che's been watching and he's pretty sure Rosa is a psychopath!

Justine came into the studio and spoke with Andrew about her inner ten year old psycho and just how hard it is to write good guys.

The 2016 Stella Prize longlist is:

The Women's Pages by Debra Adelaide

The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop

Panthers and the Museum of Fire by Jen Craig

Six Bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew 

A Few Days in the Country: And Other Stories by Elizabeth Harrower

A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones 

The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau  

A Short History of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey

Anchor Point by Alice Robinson

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood

Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays on Hunger by Fiona Wright

To find out more about the longlist, as well as the Stella Sparks program check out thestellaprize.com.au

Produced by Andrew Pople

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