In Kristina Olsson’s newest novel, Shell, the building of the Sydney Opera House and the deadly Vietnam War lottery are backdrops for a lyrically rendered story of personal guilt and political upheaval. It has gathered glowing accolades, being described as “evocative, learned and moving” (The Sunday Times) and “a classic in the making” (The Australian Financial Review). Kristina speaks with author Ashley Hay about a big, bold and hauntingly beautiful story that captures a defining moment in our history.

Kristina Olsson (Australian)

Kristina Olsson

Kristina Olsson is an award-winning writer of fiction, non-fiction and journalism. Her memoir Boy, Lost garnered multiple national awards and her new novel Shell was chosen as the first title in Scribner’s new Australian literary imprint. Kristina’s previous work includes the novel The China Garden and the biography Kilroy Was Here. She also works as a mentor and teacher of creative writing, and is currently working on a new work of narrative non-fiction. She lives in Brisbane.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a Brisbane-based novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and the Peoples’ Choice from the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for The Railwayman’s Wife, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.