Tali Lavi reviews 'Behind the Text: Candid conversations with Australian creative nonfiction writers' by Sue Joseph

Tali Lavi reviews 'Behind the Text: Candid conversations with Australian creative nonfiction writers' by Sue Joseph

Behind the Text: Candid conversations with Australian creative nonfiction writers

by Sue Joseph

Hybrid Publishers $29.95 pb, 270 pp, 9781925272475

Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi is a writer, reviewer and public interviewer. Her reviews and writing have appeared in Magpies Magazine, The

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What’s in a name? Academic Sue Joseph interviews eleven Australian non-fiction writers, a varied group which includes Paul McGeough, Doris Pilkington Garimara, and Kate Holden. Joseph is on a quest to uncover whether Australian ‘creative non-fiction’ exists here, as it does in other countries, and to understand what the term signifies to her subjects.

Either way, she has been warned off. Three notable writers of what Joseph would argue constitutes this genre disagree with its existence and declined the invitation: David Marr, Helen Garner, and Chloe Hooper. Indeed, many of her interviewees reject the label. But Joseph strives to be a ‘champion’ of this area.

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Published in April 2017, no. 390

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