Contemporary Australian fiction continues to lean on the national past. Perhaps that’s a comment on the present, or the future, f More
Last year in New York, I visited the Mysterious Bookshop, Manhattan’s only bookstore specialising in crime fiction. The otherwise knowledgeable bookseller had heard of three Australian c More
In this dark historical novel, Garry Disher imagines a world in which small girls are sold by their desperate families and enslaved to men such as the brutal ‘scrap man’ – ‘a schem More
A generation living in peacetime is inclined to devalue the identity and place of soldiers. In Australia, active soldiers have been maligned as meddle More
Why do you write?
To tell stories. My father didn’t read to us at night, but he did tell his own made-up stories. Crucially for my crime writing, I saw the value of the cliffhanger (‘I’ll finish this tomorrow night, son’).
Are you a vivid dreamer?
I’m sometimes aware of ... More