Rachel Cusk is a true original. Her Outline Trilogy attracted acclaim and a legion of readers because it felt like something new from a voice in fiction we hadn’t heard before. Writing across fiction, memoir and essay, this award-winning chronicler of the personal is renowned for her coolly glittering prose and astute examination of women’s lives. Rachel (from the UK) speaks with Annabel Crabb about her extraordinary career in writing and Second Place, her latest fable of human destiny and decline. 

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers' Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms. 

Rachel Cusk (International)

Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk is the author of the Outline trilogy (Outline, Transit, Kudos); the essay collection Coventry; the memoirs A Lifes Work, The Last Supper and Aftermath; and several other novels including Saving Agnes (winner of the Whitbread Award), The Temporary, The Country Life (winner of the Somerset Maugham Award), The Lucky Ones, In the Fold, Arlington Park and The Bradshaw Variations. Rachel was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best Young British Novelists and has been shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize three times, most recently for Kudos.

Annabel Crabb (Australian)

Annabel Crabb

Annabel Crabb is a writer and presenter for the ABC. She's also a keen amateur podcaster and co-hosts the inexplicably popular Chat 10, Looks 3 podcast with her colleague Leigh Sales, who lends credibility to the exercise. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and TV as a political journalist and won a Walkley Award for Stop At Nothing: The Life and Adventures of Malcolm Turnbull. She published a bestselling book about gender and work, The Wife Drought, in 2014 and has published two cookbooks with childhood friend Wendy Sharpe, the latest of which is Special Guest. Her most recent Quarterly Essay is Men at Work.