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Cheryl Akle discusses the world with her favourite authors.

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Cheryl Akle discusses the world with her favourite authors.

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Wonderful podcast!

By Candy with a ce - Dec 03 2018
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Not being a writer....and being a happy reader I have enjoyed this podcast so Much! Cheryl is an excellent interviewer and I really enjoy the different stories behind the books. I just discovered this podcast this month and have loved binge listening to it. Yet I want to slow it down and savor each one!

Highly recommended!

By kaycue37 - Sep 01 2017
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There is always something fascinating to discover in Better Reading Podcasts. The interviews pique my interest in books and topics that I otherwise might not discover. Cheryl is a fantastic host, a great listener and makes me feel like a participant in an authentic and meaningful conversation. Thank you!

iTunes Ratings

8 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
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0
0
2

Wonderful podcast!

By Candy with a ce - Dec 03 2018
Read more
Not being a writer....and being a happy reader I have enjoyed this podcast so Much! Cheryl is an excellent interviewer and I really enjoy the different stories behind the books. I just discovered this podcast this month and have loved binge listening to it. Yet I want to slow it down and savor each one!

Highly recommended!

By kaycue37 - Sep 01 2017
Read more
There is always something fascinating to discover in Better Reading Podcasts. The interviews pique my interest in books and topics that I otherwise might not discover. Cheryl is a fantastic host, a great listener and makes me feel like a participant in an authentic and meaningful conversation. Thank you!
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Stories Behind the Story with Better Reading

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Cheryl Akle discusses the world with her favourite authors.

Rank #1: Benjamin Law

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Benjamin Law talks to Cheryl Akle about everything from his big, loud migrant family, his childhood, and his family to popular culture and structural racism. 

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Sep 02 2019

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Rank #2: Felicity McLean

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Felicity McLean joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss her debut novel, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone. Together they discuss Felicity’s career as a ghostwriter and how that, and a run-in with Bryan Brown, led to her writing her first novel.


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May 01 2019

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Rank #3: Heather Morris

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Heather Morris talks to Cheryl Akle about the phenomenal success of her book The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and how she came to write the sequel, Cilka's Journey.

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Oct 08 2019

27mins

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Rank #4: Janet Fife-Yeomans

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Award winning journalist Janet Fife-Yeomans talks to Cheryl Akle about how she wrote a book with Hazel Baron, the brave daughter who brought Dulcie Bodsworth, her serial killer mother to justice. 

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Jun 06 2019

28mins

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Rank #5: Alice Clark-Platts

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Alice Clark-Platts discusses human rights law, and what her research for her novel The Flower Girls taught her about children who kill.

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May 15 2019

28mins

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Rank #6: Christine Courtenay

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Christine Courtenay talks to Cheryl Akle about her late husband, bestselling author Bryce Courtenay, his writing, his incredible legacy and the 30-year anniversary of his novel, The Power of One.

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Jun 25 2019

27mins

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Rank #7: Leigh Straw #2

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Leigh Straw talks to Cheryl Akle about Australian women in crime history, including Dulcie Markham, a key figure of the underworld of Sydney and Melbourne, and the subject of her latest book, Angel Of Death: Dulcie Markham, Australia's Most Beautiful Bad Woman.

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Jun 11 2019

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Rank #8: Megan Blandford

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Megan Blandford talks to Cheryl Akle about motherhood, her postnatal depression, and how she wrote her book, I'm Fine (and Other Lies) to help other women.

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Jun 18 2019

29mins

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Rank #9: Mark Brandi

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Mark Brandi chats to Cheryl Akle about growing up Italian in a small Australian town, and how that influenced his crime writing, and his latest book, The Rip.

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Sep 09 2019

31mins

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Rank #10: Sarah Barrie

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Bestselling crime writer Sarah Barrie talks to Cheryl Akle about life, a wide and varied career including equine therapy, and how she came to writing.

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Oct 01 2019

19mins

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Rank #11: Amanda Hampson

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Amanda Hampson speaks to Cheryl Akle about long-term friendships, the freedom of ageing, how travel has changed, and her latest book, Sixty Summers.

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May 28 2019

37mins

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Rank #12: Nicole Alexander

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Nicole Alexander joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss being a fourth-generation grazier, her writing career, and her latest novel, Stone Country

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May 08 2019

29mins

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Rank #13: Mem Fox

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Legendary children's author, Mem Fox talks to Cheryl Akle about her life and career, and why she wrote her latest picture book The Tiny Star for her grandson. 

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Oct 21 2019

32mins

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Rank #14: Victoria Purman

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Victoria Purman talks to Cheryl Akle about the fascinating real-life women of her latest bestselling novel, The Land Girls.

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Jun 25 2019

29mins

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Rank #15: Diane Armstrong

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Diane Armstrong talks to Cheryl Akle about her fascinating life, from Poland to Australia, journalism to travel, and how her career as a bestselling author began. 

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Oct 13 2019

29mins

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Rank #16: Alli Sinclair

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Alli Sinclair talks to Cheryl Akle about her world adventures, climbing mountains and her new novel, The Cinema at Starlight Creek.

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Jun 18 2019

25mins

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Rank #17: Meg Bignell

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Meg Bignell talks to Cheryl Akle about going from nursing to copywriting, living on a dairy farm, and her new book, The Sparkle Pages.

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Jun 10 2019

26mins

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Rank #18: Josephine Moon

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Josephine Moon joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss ‘Uplit’, Authors for Farmers and the writing community, and her latest book The Gift of Life.

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Apr 16 2019

28mins

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Rank #19: Rebecca Hermann

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Rebecca Hermann the founder of Bolinda Audio talks to Cheryl Akle about how and why she started the company, the importance of audio in publishing, and the future of audio books.

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Jul 10 2019

39mins

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Rank #20: Mikey Robins

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Mikey Robbins speaks to Cheryl Akle about being a history nerd, a food lover, observer of bizarre human behaviour, and combining all three in his book, Seven Deadly Sins… and One Very Naught Fruit.

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Jun 05 2019

30mins

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Robyn Harding: on writing different genres, living in a small town, and the how we rely on the reading community.

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Cheryl Akle chats to Robyn Harding about moving between genres, living in a small town, and the how we rely on the reading community.

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Aug 02 2020

26mins

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Dr Randa Abdel Fattah: A Conversation about Diversity in Children’s Books #1

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In episode 1, Bestselling author and academic, Dr Randa Abdel Fattah talks to Cheryl Akle about being Muslim in post 9/11 Australia, the lack of diversity in Australia's school curriculum, and how it's time for Muslim authors to be given a voice.

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Jul 26 2020

30mins

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Maxine Beneba Clarke: A Conversation about Diversity in Children’s Books #2

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In episode 2, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Cheryl Akle discuss growing up as a POC in Australia, what happens when a child is underrepresented in what they read, and how the publishing industry needs to diversify their content.

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Jul 26 2020

33mins

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Will Kostakis: A Conversation about Diversity in Children’s Books #3

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In episode 3, Will Kostakis talks to Cheryl Akle about LGBTQ+ representation in schools, how diversity is constantly changing, and why we must get beyond 'the struggle story' when creating diverse stories for kids.

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Jul 26 2020

32mins

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Laura Bloom: A Conversation about Diversity in Children’s Books #4

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In episode 4, Laura Bloom is the mother of an autistic son who has an intellectual disability. Here Laura talks to Cheryl Akle about the importance of disabled characters in books, and how both her and her son are active in the Every Australian Counts movement for People With Disability. 

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Jul 26 2020

27mins

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Deborah Abela: A Conversation about Diversity in Children’s Books #5

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In episode 5, Deborah Abela talks to Cheryl Akle about the benefits of diversifying children's literature, and her work with young people in Sydney's west with organisations such as WestWords.

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Jul 26 2020

25mins

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Rachel Bin Salleh from Magabala Books: A Conversation about Diversity in Children’s Books #6

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In episode 6, Rachel Bin Salleh from Magabala Books talks to Cheryl Akle about her journey to becoming a publisher, the importance of giving diverse authors a voice, and what the publishing industry can do to support those authors. This is the final episode in the series, A Conversation about Diversity in Children's Books, produced with a grant from The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

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Jul 26 2020

33mins

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Tara June Winch revisited: on life, the land, and writing her Miles Franklin winning novel, The Yield

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Tara June Winch has won the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Yield. Here we revisit our podcast with Tara, where she talks to Cheryl Akle about her extensive travels, living in France, her connection to the land as a Wiradjuri woman, and her journey to writing The Yield.


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Jul 24 2020

43mins

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Julia Gillard: on Women and Leadership

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Former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard speaks to Cheryl Akle about the influence of gender on women’s access to positions of leadership, extraordinary female leaders, and her inspiring new book, co-authored with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Women and Leadership

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Jul 19 2020

27mins

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Susan Allott: on Life in the UK and how Environment Shapes our Writing

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Author of The Silence, Susan Allott talks to Cheryl about life in the UK, how our favourite authors impact us, and how our environment ultimately shapes our writing.

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Jul 12 2020

24mins

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Hayley Katzen: on finding her place in the world

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South African urban academic, Hayley Katzen talks to Cheryl Akle about her journey to finding 'home' on a cattle property in Northern NSW, and her beautifully written memoir about it, Untethered.

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Jul 06 2020

32mins

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Jacqueline Harvey: on why Reading is Important for Kids, and How to Make it fun for Them at Home

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Best selling kids author, Jacqueline Harvey talks to Cheryl about why reading is important for kids, and how to make it fun for them at home.

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Jun 29 2020

20mins

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Chris Flynn: on the climate, science and the future of cloning

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Mammoth author, Chris Flynn talks to Cheryl Akle about nature during quarantine, the climate, and the future of cloning. 

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Jun 28 2020

29mins

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Dugald Bruce Lockhart: on acting, writing and being the son of a spy

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Dugald Bruce-Lockhart talks to Cheryl Akle about his journey to becoming an author, and the very interesting childhood he had as the son of a spy.

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Jun 23 2020

24mins

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Lisa Ireland: on giving older people a voice in her new novel

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Lisa Ireland talks to Cheryl Akle about her life, her journey to becoming an author, and creating older characters, without the stereotypes. 

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Jun 21 2020

25mins

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Melina Marchetta: on writing for a whole new age group

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Award winning author, Melina Marchetta talks to Cheryl Akle about reading the way she writes – across many genres, and how it was more difficult that she expected writing her new series for a younger audience. 



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Jun 15 2020

24mins

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Peter Carey: The importance of story in troubling times #3

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Two-time Booker Prize winner and three times Miles Franklin Literary Award winner, Peter Carey talks to Cheryl Akle about life in New York, writing about Australia, and everything in-between.

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Jun 14 2020

28mins

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Patrick Ness: on how complacency is the death of creativity

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Award-winning author, Patrick Ness digs in deep with Cheryl as they talk about his life, fiction, YA versus adult fiction, and how he believes that complacency is creative death.

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Jun 14 2020

30mins

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Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley: on food, their collaboration... and the perfect hummus

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Foodie, Cheryl Akle has her dream guests on today - Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley talk about food, the Ottolenghi empire, and their bestselling cookbook collaborations.

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Jun 09 2020

29mins

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Anna Funder: The importance of story in troubling times #2

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Acclaimed author of Stasiland, Anna Funder talks to Cheryl Akle about the public and private sides of the pandemic, and how women are crucial in these times, despite continued gender inequality. 


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Jun 07 2020

35mins

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iTunes Ratings

8 Ratings
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Wonderful podcast!

By Candy with a ce - Dec 03 2018
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Not being a writer....and being a happy reader I have enjoyed this podcast so Much! Cheryl is an excellent interviewer and I really enjoy the different stories behind the books. I just discovered this podcast this month and have loved binge listening to it. Yet I want to slow it down and savor each one!

Highly recommended!

By kaycue37 - Sep 01 2017
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There is always something fascinating to discover in Better Reading Podcasts. The interviews pique my interest in books and topics that I otherwise might not discover. Cheryl is a fantastic host, a great listener and makes me feel like a participant in an authentic and meaningful conversation. Thank you!