Rank #1: JP Pomare - Psychology of Suspense
JP Pomare's breakout suspense thriller Call Me Evie plays with the issues of memory and trauma, drawing heavily from psychological theory to inform his many twists and character motivations. In conversation we take a deep dive into his life experiences and studies, dissecting the darker edges of memory and the human psyche.
Rank #2: Hiatus Update & 2019 Return
Quick update on the kick-off of Series 3 in February 2019 featuring a new run of entertaining and highly researched conversations with authors, journalists, screenwriters and storytellers from across Australia and overseas.
Rank #3: Chris Hammer - Scrublands secrets & violent anniversaries
Chris Hammer's best-selling debut thriller Scrublands is set in the sun-ravaged heart of regional Australia. Chris is a former foreign correspondent and political journalist and has stolen from his real-life experiences to inform this bold addition to the outback noir genre. In conversation we delve into his connections to the towns of Australia's bush, and discuss what drove him to steer his story through the eyes of a PTSD-affected protagonist. This is a slight change in pace for our conversation series as we spend much of our time exploring the writing of the book, instead of the author himself.
Rank #4: Michael Robotham - Cowards, Killers & Thrillers
Multi-million copy bestselling thriller author Michael Robotham in a deeply personal conversation about his fear of failure, the badge of journalism, the driving force of his father, and the power of sharing your story. A surprising and intimate insight into one of the world's favourite thriller writers. Michael's latest book is The Other Wife.
Rank #5: Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad - The Lebs
In his book The Lebs, Mohammed reinterprets events from his own life growing up during the peak of anti-muslim rhetoric. His work capturing the racism, anger & struggles confronting young Australians of migrant heritage who found power in the scaring of the white middle class. In conversation we discuss the influence of Malcolm X, the cultural significance of a Big Mac, and how boxers and writers need to remain focused, even when they've taken too many laxatives. Mohammed is an author, academic, playwright, activist and the director of Sweatshop, a literary movement devoted to empowering marginalised communities in Western Sydney. Follow Mohammed and the team at Sweatshop on Twitter: @sweatshopws
Rank #6: Jay Kristoff - NYT Bestselling Sci-Fi
Jay Kristoff has consistently topped the New York Times Bestseller list with his Science Fiction and Fantasy works, often using the genres to address real world issues of slavery, race, class divide and political injustice. Jay's latest series is LIFELIKE, a fast-paced action tale set in a post-apocalyptic world, questioning the ethics of giving life to robots and demanding they live to serve. In conversation we discuss the responsibility of building worlds; the value of sensitivity readers; how not to swear; and the power of science fiction to call for social change. Jay is the author of the Lotus War series, Nevernight series and co-author of the phenomenally successful Illuminae series with Amie Kaufman. Lifelike is the first in a new YA Sc-Fi trilogy. Jay can be found on twitter @misterkristoff
Rank #7: Bridie Jabour - Millennials, Marriage & Mother Issues
Journalist Bridie Jabour's debut novel "The Way Things Should Be" is a fierce & amusing deconstruction of millennial angst & mother issues, questioning what it takes to get, be & stay married amid a family in constant disarray. In conversation we reflect on Bridie's own family; becoming a hashtag when the Prime Minister tells you to "calm down"; the bad wrap of the millennial generation; and the influences that have forged her journalism career. You can find Bridie's writing at the Guardian Australia and follow her on Twitter: @bkjabour
Rank #8: Professor Toby Walsh - Killer Robots & Artificial Intelligence
Professor Toby Walsh is one of the world's leading researchers in Artificial Intelligence & recently returned from lobbying the UN to ban lethal autonomous weapons, aka Killer Robots. In his book "It's Alive", Toby considers the broader societal and philosophical questions of what happens when robots think and will they really fill our battlefields, take our jobs and eventually rule the world. You can follow Professor Toby Walsh on Twitter @tobywalsh
Rank #9: Eileen Ormsby - Murder-For-Hire on the Dark Web
Journalist Eileen Ormsby was accused of running the world's most successful Murder-For-Hire website, following her investigation into the scams, drug markets and hurtcore sites of the Dark Web. Working with white-hat hackers, Eileen has become an authority on the darkest areas of this hidden online world, exposing the vices, blackmail and murders conducted away from the spying eyes of the global security services. Everything is true. Eileen's book The Darkest Web is available now and Eileen can be found at her website www.allthingsvice.com
Rank #10: Caroline Baum - Only The Lonely
Journalist and author Caroline Baum's memoir 'Only' is a fascinating insight into growing up an only child in a world of privilege to controlling parents. In conversation Caroline shares the conspiracy of being the lost child of JFK; how MI5 & the KGB came to sit outside her London home; & the challenges of being the precious cargo of immigrant parents escaping their own secretive worlds of grief. This is an intimate and long conversation exploring Caroline's life and the techniques used to capture it.