Join Michael Sala as he discusses his latest novel The Restorer with the literary editor of The Australian, Stephen Romei. After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy. With their children, they move to a derelict house in Newcastle. As Roy patches holes and plasters over cracks, Maryanne hopes that they can rebuild their life. But some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows. Sala talks about his novel, in which uneasy family peace is ruptured with devastating consequences.

Presented with the State Library of NSW.

Michael Sala (Australian)

Michael Sala

Michael Sala was born in Holland and grew up moving between Europe and Australia. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his first novel, The Last Thread, was the winner of the UTS/Glenda Adams Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2013, and his second novel, The Restorer, was shortlisted for the fiction categories in the NSW Premier’s and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, as well as being longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2018.