One of the most talked-about novels in recent times, My Absolute Darling has become a literary and commercial sensation despite its confronting subject matter. Telling the story of the teenage heroine Turtle, who is subjected to unthinkable acts of abuse by her doomsday survivalist father in the Californian wilderness, it has been hailed a “masterpiece” by Stephen King and “this year’s A Little Life” by The Guardian. Michael Robotham meets author Gabriel Tallent to discuss this challenging and virtuosic literary debut.

Gabriel Tallent (International)

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Gabriel Tallent was born in New Mexico and raised on the Mendocino coast by two mothers. He received his B.A. from Willamette University in 2010, and after graduation spent two seasons leading youth trail crews in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest. His debut novel, My Absolute Darling, was one of the 2017 BookExpo Book Editor’s Buzz Books, which name the six authors and titles that are expected to be the biggest books of the year. The Guardian called My Absolute Darling "the year’s most talked about novel". Tallent lives in Salt Lake City.

Michael Robotham (Australian)

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Michael Robotham is a former investigative journalist whose psychological thrillers have been translated into 23 languages. In 2015 he won the prestigious UK Gold Dagger for his novel Life Or Death, which was also shortlisted for the 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best novel. Michael has twice won a Ned Kelly Award for Australia's best crime novel for Lost in 2015 and Shatter in 2008. His most recent novel is The Secrets She Keeps.