Authors Carla Guelfenbein (In the Distance with You) and Toni Jordan (The Fragments) join industry insider John Purcell (The Girl on the Page) to chat to Suzanne Leal about their loving tributes to the literary world. The writers share how they used their experiences – as internationally bestselling authors, bookstore owners, magazine and publishing world insiders – to pay homage to the farflung literary scenes of Chile, New York, Brisbane and London. They discuss the relationship between authorship and integrity, and reflect on how even the most well-intentioned authors can be blinded by ambition.
John Purcell (Australian)
John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop while still in his 20's, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written (under a pseudonym) a series of bestselling novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at literary festivals and on TV and been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. The Girl on the Page is his first novel written under his name.
Toni Jordan (Australian)
Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. The international best-seller Addition was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl was published internationally and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Toni teaches creative writing at Faber Academy. Her most recent novel is The Fragments.
Carla Guelfenbein (International)
Carla Guelfenbein was born in Santiago, Chile. She studied biology at Essex University, specialising in population genetics. She studied graphic design at St. Martin’s School of Art, London. She was Art director in BBDO, and ELLE magazine Chile. She is the author of the novels El revés del alma, La mujer de mi vida, The Rest is Silence, Nadar desnudas, Contigo en la distancia, Llévame al cielo, and La estación de las mujeres. Her work has been translated into 16 languages. In the Distance with You won the prestigious Alfaguara Price. In the Distance with You was called "subtle, clearsighted and compassionate by JM Coetzee.
Suzanne Leal (Australian)
Suzanne Leal is the author of The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A regular interviewer at literary events and festivals, Suzanne is the senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a board member of BAD: Sydney Crime Writers Festival. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, she is also a book reviewer for The Australian. Her new novel will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2020.