The Desert Island Books series asks a distinguished line-up to share which eight books they would want if they were castaways on a desert island. A bookish homage to the BBC show, this session features prize-winning author of Mateship with Birds and Exploded View Carrie Tiffany in conversation with Wheeler Centre Director Michael Williams. Carrie reflects on her most well-thumbed books, the elusive factor that makes them re-readable, and how these seminal works made their way into her life.

Supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

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Carrie Tiffany (Australian)

Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in Central Australia. Her novels Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living and Mateship with Birds were published to great acclaim. Her latest novel is Exploded View. She lives and works in Melbourne.

Michael Williams (Australian)

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. A sometime Radio National presenter, he remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked in publishing and as a presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR (on Breakfasters), as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.