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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
0
0
0
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: Fatima Bhutto

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Today Cheryl Akle talks to Fatima Bhutto about her life in Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan, being raised by a single father, and how he shared a love of books and stories with her. This led to her career as a writer, and her latest novel The Runaways.

 

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May 09 2019

38mins

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Rank #2: 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. 

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Nov 24 2019

30mins

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Rank #3: 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

40mins

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Rank #4: 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

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Nov 11 2019

25mins

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Oct 01 2019

19mins

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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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

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May 20 2019

26mins

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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.

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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. 

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Jun 06 2019

28mins

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Rank #15: 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

25mins

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Rank #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: Armando Lucas Correa

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Journalist, editor and author Armando Lucas Correa talks to Cheryl Akle about growing up in Cuba, life in New York, and his latest novel, The Daughter's Tale

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Jul 16 2019

30mins

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Rank #19: 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 #20: 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. 

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Jul 03 2019

38mins

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Fiona Lowe

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From midwife to community nurse for teen girls to bestselling author, Fiona Lowe shares her journey.

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Feb 25 2020

25mins

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Dr Rupy Aujla

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Dr Rupy Aujla talks to Cheryl Akle about cooking and food being medicine, health, and being a medical doctor today.

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Feb 23 2020

26mins

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Melissa Ashley

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Melissa Ashley talks about the extraordinary Marie Catherine d’Aulnoy who ran a literary salon in Paris in the 1700s and published the very first fairy tale, women's lives during that time, and her novel The Bee and the Orange Tree.

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Feb 18 2020

26mins

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Bestselling author, Fiona McIntosh talks to Cheryl Akle about how it was inevitable that she would write a book about diamonds.

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Feb 16 2020

35mins

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Pip Drysdale

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Pip Drysdale talks about growing up in Africa and Australia, and her journey to becoming an author, via being an actor and musician. 

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Feb 13 2020

24mins

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Garry Linnell

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Walkley Award winning journalist, Garry Linnell talks politics and then spins a yarn about the fascinating life of William Buckley, and the book he wrote about him, Buckley's Chance.

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Feb 12 2020

31mins

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Bernadette Agius

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Bernadette Agius talks to Cheryl Akle about her inspiring, heartfelt, and powerful journey as a mother of a child with Down syndrome, something she explores in her book I'm Staying at Richard's.

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Feb 04 2020

31mins

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Christian White

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Christian White talks to Cheryl Akle in a follow-up podcast, on the success around his debut The Nowhere Child, and his second novel, The Wife and the Widow

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Feb 03 2020

30mins

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Darry Fraser

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Darry Fraser talks to Cheryl Akle about her life on Kangaroo Island and finding success with her novels. 

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Jan 28 2020

26mins

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Jeff Sparrow

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Jeff Sparrow talks to Cheryl Akle about Fascism, hate and the power of troll culture on the internet, all featured in his latest book, FASCISTS AMONG US
Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre.

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Jan 26 2020

34mins

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Katherine Johnson

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Katherine Johnson talks to Cheryl Akle about her PhD and ethnic shows, or humans zoos, which were big business in Europe during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and also the inspiration for her novel, Paris Savages.

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Jan 20 2020

29mins

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Mary Moody

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Mary Moody talks to Cheryl Akle about her incredible life and travels, and the death of her husband, which she writes about in The Accidental Tour Guide

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Jan 19 2020

35mins

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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Dec 16 2019

28mins

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iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
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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!