Good Reading Podcast

Book talk and author interviews to help you discover your next favourite read.

Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion on The Glass House

Anne Buist and Graeme Simsion on The Glass House

Psychiatry registrar Doctor Hannah Wright, a country girl with a chaotic history, thought she had seen it all in the emergency room. But that was nothing compared to the psychiatric ward at Menzies Hospital. Hannah ...
Kathy Lette on heroines in The Revenge Club

Kathy Lette on heroines in The Revenge Club

Matilda, Jo, Penny and Cressy are all women at the top of their game; so imagine their surprise when they start to be personally overlooked and professionally pushed aside by less-qualified men. Only they're not ...
Dr Vanessa Pirotta on a whale’s world in Humpback Highway

Dr Vanessa Pirotta on a whale’s world in Humpback Highway

Acclaimed wildlife scientist Dr Vanessa Pirotta has been mugged by whales, touched by a baby whale and covered in whale snot. In Humpback Highway, Pirotta dives beneath the surface to reveal the mysterious world of ...
Sydel Sierra on investing the right way in All Time High

Sydel Sierra on investing the right way in All Time High

All Time High is a comprehensive guide on how to enter the cryptocurrency market as a complete beginner and to prosper. Cryptocurrencies have the power to radically transform not only our financial lives, but our ...
Candice Fox on disrupting the hero trope in Devil’s Kitchen

Candice Fox on disrupting the hero trope in Devil’s Kitchen

For years the firefighters of New York’s Engine 99 have rushed fearlessly into hot zones, saving countless lives and stopping devastating blazes in their tracks. They’ve also stolen millions from banks, jewellery ...
Rachael Johns on love and books in The Other Bridget

Rachael Johns on love and books in The Other Bridget

Named after a famous fictional character, librarian Bridget Jones was raised on a remote cattle station, with only her mother’s romance novels for company. Now living alone in Fremantle, Bridget is a hopeless ...
Julie Janson on Aboriginal women in Compassion

Julie Janson on Aboriginal women in Compassion

Compassion continues Julie Janson’s emotional and intense literary exploration of the complex and dangerous lives of Aboriginal women during the 1800s in colonial New South Wales, which she began in Benevolence as ...
Nam Le on 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem

Nam Le on 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem

36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem is a book-length poem that is an urgent, unsettling reckoning with identity. It tackles the violence of identity embedded with racism, oppression and historical trauma. But it ...
David Goodwin on working the graveyard shift in Servo

David Goodwin on working the graveyard shift in Servo

Most of us have done our time in the retail trenches, but service stations are undoubtedly the frontline. Melburnian David Goodwin discovered this when he started working the weekend graveyard shift at his local ...
Mariah Sweetman on her ancestors in Robert Runs

Mariah Sweetman on her ancestors in Robert Runs

Robert ‘Goupong’ Anderson, was once the fastest man in Australia and world-record holder. Goupong, his little sister Dot, and his best friend Jonathan belong to the Ugarapul people and the Green Tree Frog tribe. ...
Alecia Simmonds on love and law in Courting

Alecia Simmonds on love and law in Courting

Until well into the twentieth century, heartbroken men and women in Australia had a legal redress for their suffering: jilted lovers could claim compensation for 'breach of promise to marry'. Hundreds of people, ...
Dassi Erlich on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect In Bad Faith

Dassi Erlich on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect In Bad Faith

As a young girl growing up in a strict ultra-Orthodox family, Dassi's life was preordained - marry young, live a devout life and raise children within the Adass community's religious rules. This righteous path ...
James Foley on his new colourful graphic novels for kids

James Foley on his new colourful graphic novels for kids

In this episode Gregory Dobbs chats to James Foley about where his ideas come from, the great characters he has created – Sally Tinker (the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve), Joe Tinker (full-time ...
Linda Margolin Royal on a diplomat in The Star on the Grave

Linda Margolin Royal on a diplomat in The Star on the Grave

In 1940, as the Nazis sweep toward Lithuania, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara defies his government and secretly issues visas to fleeing Jewish refugees. After the war, Sugihara is dismissed and disappears into ...
Skye McKenna on a magical journey in Woodwitch

Skye McKenna on a magical journey in Woodwitch

Cassie has settled into life in Hedgely. Out of the blue, her troubled cousin, Sebastian, comes to stay for Hallowe'en. Sneering and scornful, Sebastian trails after Cassie and her friends. He interferes with their ...
Isobel Bevis on connecting to Noongar culture in Nedingar

Isobel Bevis on connecting to Noongar culture in Nedingar

Nedingar is the story of a young child who wants to meet their Ancestors (Nedingar). The child wants to know them, learn from them and follow their ways. The child's mother gently explains that they have already ...
Helen Milroy on her new kids books Bush Bugs and Crow Baby

Helen Milroy on her new kids books Bush Bugs and Crow Baby

Bush Bugs is a colourful array of Australian insects that will captivate young children. From spiky stick insects to hairy spiders, from blood-sucking mosquitos to dung-eating blow flies and feasting wasps, this is ...
Annette Higgs on her novel On a Bright Hillside in Paradise

Annette Higgs on her novel On a Bright Hillside in Paradise

On a Bright Hillside in Paradise, tells the story of a family of convict descendants in the back-blocks of Tasmania. They live on a farm in a place called Paradise, and lead hard-scrabble lives. The drama begins ...
Jack Heath on an unforgettable holiday in Kill Your Husbands

Jack Heath on an unforgettable holiday in Kill Your Husbands

Three couples, friends since high school, rent a luxurious house in the mountains for an unplugged weekend of drinking and bushwalking. No internet, no phones, no stress. On the first night, the topic of ...
Tracy Ryan on The Queen’s Apprenticeship

Tracy Ryan on The Queen’s Apprenticeship

Two women from different worlds in Renaissance France cross paths in a way that changes both their lives. One is Marguerite de Navarre, a King’s sister. Powerful, privileged and widely admired, Marguerite must ...
Charlotte Wood on Stone Yard Devotional

Charlotte Wood on Stone Yard Devotional

A woman abandons her city life and marriage to return to the place of her childhood, holing up in a small religious community hidden away on the stark plains of the Monaro. She does not believe in God and doesn't ...
Rachelle Unreich on a story of survival in A Brilliant Life

Rachelle Unreich on a story of survival in A Brilliant Life

Over seventy years had passed since Mira Unreich was freed from a concentration camp in Germany. On that spring day in 1945, she found herself alive, against all odds. In the decades that followed, she never ...
Katharine J Adams on the magic of Tonight, I Burn

Katharine J Adams on the magic of Tonight, I Burn

Penny Albright is a daughter of the thorn coven, forced to patrol the veil between the realms of Life and Death. Each night, one thorn witch—and only one—must cross the veil by burning at the stake. Each morning, ...
Quentin Beresford on Rogue Corporations

Quentin Beresford on Rogue Corporations

Crown Resorts, the Bond Group, James Hardie, HIH Insurance, Geoffrey Edelsten’s Allied Medical Group, 7-Eleven, and Rio Tinto, the list goes on… Australia has suffered from a continual sting of business scandals. ...
Andy McNab on an SAS mission in The Rescue

Andy McNab on an SAS mission in The Rescue

It's 2012 and in Northern Afghanistan, an international crisis has erupted. A group of NGO workers have been kidnapped by local insurgents and are now hidden in a winding mountain region. After attempts to ...