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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

7 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
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1

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: Michael Connelly

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Megastar author, Michael Connelly has written thirty-three novels and has sold over seventy-four million copies. Here is talks to Cheryl Akle about his life and incredible career. 

Nov 24 2019

30mins

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Rank #2: 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. 

Oct 21 2019

32mins

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Rank #3: Ben Okri

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Ben Okri, award-winning novelist and poet, joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss books, ideas, and the fears and anxieties that we face in today's modern world. 

Mar 06 2019

34mins

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Rank #4: 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. 

Sep 02 2019

40mins

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Rank #5: 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. 

Jun 25 2019

27mins

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Rank #6: 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.

Jun 11 2019

27mins

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Rank #7: 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.

Jun 18 2019

29mins

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Rank #8: 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.

Oct 01 2019

19mins

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Rank #9: 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.

Jun 18 2019

25mins

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Rank #10: 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. 

Oct 13 2019

29mins

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Rank #11: Jane Sullivan

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Jane Sullivan talks to Cheryl Akle about the books that shape us as children, and her journey to revisit her favourite tales in her book, Storytime

Nov 27 2019

30mins

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Rank #12: 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.

Jun 25 2019

29mins

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Rank #13: 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.

Sep 09 2019

31mins

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Rank #14: 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. 

Jun 06 2019

28mins

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Rank #15: 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.

Oct 08 2019

27mins

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Rank #16: Joy Rhoades

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Joy Rhoades talks about growing up in Australia, living in London and writing her latest Australian historical, The Burnt Country.

Dec 16 2019

28mins

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Rank #17: Tom Keneally

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Acclaimed author Tom Keneally talks to Cheryl Akle about his life, and incredible writing career, and his latest novel Two Old Men Dying. Here at Better Reading we consider Tom to be a National Treasure. 

Jul 03 2019

38mins

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Rank #18: Paige Toon

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Paige Toon joins Cheryl Akle this week to discuss being raised all around the world, her writing career, and her latest novel, If You Could Go Anywhere

May 20 2019

26mins

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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.

Jul 10 2019

39mins

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Rank #20: Tess Woods

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Author Tess Woods talks to Cheryl Akle about juggling two physiotherapy clinics with writing her latest novel, Love and Other Battles.

Jul 04 2019

31mins

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James Phelps

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Award-winning senior reporter James Phelps talks to Cheryl Akle about footballers, true crime and the bush rangers who pulled off this country's greatest gold robbery, which he writes about in Australian Heist

Jan 14 2020

24mins

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Jane Cockram

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Jane Cockram talks to Cheryl Akle about to pathway she took through the book industry before writing her debut novel, The House of Brides.

Jan 12 2020

21mins

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Dion Leonard

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Ultra marathon runner met a stray dog halfway across China's Gobi desert, and it changed his life. Here he talks to Cheryl Akle about 'Gobi' and the book he wrote about her.

Jan 07 2020

23mins

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Kiley Reid

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Kiley Reid talks to Cheryl Akle about race and privilege in America today and how her life influenced her debut novel, Such a Fun Age.

Jan 05 2020

24mins

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Blanche d'Alpuget

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Blanche d'Alpuget talks to Cheryl Akle about life with Bob Hawke, and her biography on him. 

Dec 17 2019

27mins

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Christos Tsiolkas

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Bestselling author, Christos Tsiolkas and Cheryl Akle dig deep and discuss shame, fear, bigotry, and the most important conversation that Christos had with his mother.

Dec 17 2019

40mins

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Joy Rhoades

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Joy Rhoades talks about growing up in Australia, living in London and writing her latest Australian historical, The Burnt Country.

Dec 16 2019

28mins

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Tara Moss

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Tara Moss talks to Cheryl Akle about her life, living between Australia and Canada and how the 'ranking of humans' has influenced her latest novel, Dead Man Switch

Dec 16 2019

28mins

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Rachael Treasure

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Bestselling author, Rachael Treasure has moved in very different directions recently - in her writing and on the land. Listen as she discusses the changes with Cheryl Akle.

Dec 09 2019

25mins

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Jack Charles

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Australian legend, Uncle Jack Charles talks to Cheryl Akle about surviving, healing and his brilliant memoir, Born-Again Blakfella.

Dec 08 2019

23mins

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Andrew Daddo

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Andrew Daddo talks Cheryl Akle through his childhood, career and his love of books. A highly entertaining listen, with one of Australia's most recognisable authors. 

Dec 03 2019

33mins

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Tricia Stringer

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Bestselling women's fiction writer, Tricia Stringer talks to Cheryl Akle about her background, her love of South Australia, and her path to publication. 

Dec 02 2019

22mins

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Jane Sullivan

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Jane Sullivan talks to Cheryl Akle about the books that shape us as children, and her journey to revisit her favourite tales in her book, Storytime

Nov 27 2019

30mins

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Michael Connelly

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Megastar author, Michael Connelly has written thirty-three novels and has sold over seventy-four million copies. Here is talks to Cheryl Akle about his life and incredible career. 

Nov 24 2019

30mins

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Elliot Perlman

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Award winning author Elliot Perlman talks about his life With Cheryl Akle, from his childhood to working in a corporate environment, the politics that shape his stories, including his latest book, Maybe The Horse Will Talk. 

Nov 19 2019

42mins

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Dr Richard Harris and Dr Craig Challen on the Thai Cave Rescue

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Richard Harris and Craig Challen talk to Cheryl Akle about their involvement in the rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from the Thai cave, and the book they've written about the experience, Against All Odds.

Nov 18 2019

34mins

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Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

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Dr Karl talks to Cheryl Akle about... everything! His life, his work and many other fascinating and amazing scientific facts you've never thought about... 

Nov 13 2019

30mins

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Tim Slee

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Tim Slee talks to Cheryl Akle about his very international life and travels, and his very Australian debut novel, Taking Tom Murray Home

Nov 11 2019

25mins

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Judy Nunn

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Judy Nunn talks to Cheryl Akle about her childhood, life as an actress, a bestselling author and the true tale behind her latest number #1 novel, Khaki Town.

Nov 04 2019

32mins

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Jono Lineen

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Jono Lineen talks to Cheryl Akle about walking, how walking makes us wiser, the power of pilgrimage, his adventures walking the world, and his book on walking, Perfect Motion.

Oct 28 2019

29mins

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iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
Average 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
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!