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Jun 27, 2019

In this episode, author Mark Brandi joins Mel Cranenburgh to talk about his new novel, The Rip, described as 'an urban crime novel that slowly and masterfully hooks you in... then shocks with the horrific crime and the dread that the characters you care about aren't going to make it out alive'.

Then Melbourne-based...


Jun 27, 2019

In this episode, Bren MacDibble, author of the award-winning How To Bee, joins host Mel Cranenburgh to talk her new book, The Dog Runner, and what it's like to write for the 'middle audience' - those young readers aged between 9 and 12. 

Plus, we hear from Glen Eira Storytelling Festival Festival Director Suzanne Olb...


Jun 19, 2019

On this episode, Fiona McGregor, author of A Novel Idea joins host Mel Cranenburgh to chat about what life is really like when a writer sits down to stare down the blank page.

Katie Smyrk, deputy editor of The Big Issue, also joins Melto review two books you need on your to-read list.


Jun 5, 2019

In this episode of Backstory, host Mel Cranenburgh is joined by author Wayne Macauley, whose latest book Simpson Returns. 'A concise satire of Australian platitudes about fairness and egalitarianism, it is timely, devastating and witheringly funny'. Released in time for 2019's Anzac Day 'celebrations', it has been...


Jun 5, 2019

In this episode, host Mel Cranenburgh talks to 2019 Nature Writing Prize co-winner Jenny Sinclair about her book An Orchard For My Father. Jenny’s previous non-fiction books include Much Ado About Melbourne (Affirm Press, 2015) (first published as When We Think About Melbourne, 2010) and A Walking Shadow (Arcade...