Award-winning author Nam Le (The Boat) speaks with Rebecca Giggs about her narrative non-fiction debut Fathoms – a powerful, surprising and compelling view of some of the most urgent issues of our times. “What I love about Fathoms is its language: the wonder in it, and of it,” said Nam. “I found it a book of rare beauty and ambition.” Enjoy this poetic and immersive discussion into the art of writing about the world and those animals that magnetise our imaginations and which we fill with stories. 

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


Rebecca Giggs (Australian)

Rebecca Giggs

Rebecca Giggs is an award-winning author from Perth, Australia. Her work has appeared in The AtlanticThe New York Times Magazine, Granta, and in anthologies including Best Australian Essays and Best Australian Science Writing. Rebecca’s non-fiction focuses on how people feel towards animals in a time of technological and ecological change. Her first book, Fathoms: the world in the whale, won the 2021 ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and the 2020 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Prize.

Nam Le (Australian)

Nam Le

Nam Le’s first book, The Boat, was translated into 15 languages and received over a dozen major awards in Australia, America and Europe, including the PEN/Malamud Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Australian Prime Ministers Literary Award. The Boat has been republished as a modern classic and its stories internationally anthologised, adapted and taught. Nam’s second book, a monograph on David Malouf, was published in 2019.