Families and their complex dynamics have long provided ample subject matter for novelists. Debra Oswald, Holly Ringland and Sophie Green talk to Roanna Gonsalves about their latest novels, which masterfully capture the emotion, hardship and joy of family life in unique and compelling ways. Debra’s The Whole Bright Year captures the intensity of responsibility felt by a mother to protect her daughter; Holly’s Lost Flowers of Alice Hart movingly chronicles a young woman’s coming of age and her family’s dark secrets; and Sophie’s The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club vividly evokes the challenges of family life in Australia’s Top End.
Sophie Green (Australian)
Sophie Green is an author and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names. In her spare time she writes about country music on her blog, Jolene. She fell in love with the Northern Territory the first time she visited and subsequent visits inspired the story in The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club, a top ten bestseller.
Holly Ringland (Australian)
Holly Ringland grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden in Southeast Queensland. When she was nine, Holly travelled North America in a campervan with her family, sparking lifelong interest in cultures and stories. She moved to England in 2009 to obtain her MA in Creative Writing. Holly now divides her time between the UK and Australia. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart is her first novel.
Debra Oswald (Australian)
Debra Oswald is creator of the TV series Offspring, and a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Her stage plays include Gary’s House, Mr Bailey’s Minder and Stories in the Dark. Her television credits include Police Rescue, Sweet and Sour and Bananas in Pyjamas. Debra has written three Aussie Bite books and six children's novels. Her first adult novel was Useful and her new novel is The Whole Bright Year.
Roanna Gonsalves (Australian)
Roanna Gonsalves is the author of The Permanent Resident, a collection of short fiction about Indians in Australia. Her series of radio documentaries, On the Tip of a Billion Tongues, is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers and was commissioned and broadcast by Earshot on ABC RN. Roanna is a recipient of the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales.