Great reading

Dancer, Charlotte Greenwood demonstrating her flexibility at MGM studios in 1928

Charlotte Greenwood rests between takes: MGM studios, 1928. As you do.

Each episode, we ask our guests to recommend any writing by women they’ve read and loved lately.

We add their suggestions here, too, along with some of our own. It’s your ultimate To-Be-Read pile.

Episode 25: On characters (December 2018)

Sarah Dollard recommends:

Lili Wilkinson recommends:

Episode 25: On sisters (September 2018)

Kate Forsyth recommends:

Belinda Murrell recommends:

Episode 24: On world building (July 2018)

Amie Kaufman recommends:

C.S. Pacat recommends:

Episode 23: On collaboration (May 2018)

Mira Robertson recommends:
Black Diamonds: the rise and fall of the English Dynasty by Catherine Bailey

Ana Kokkinos recommends:
Mustang (2015) directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven

Episode 22: On murder (March 2018)

Vikki Petraitis recommends:

Lindy Cameron recommends:

Kerry Greenwood recommends:

Episode 21: On academia (February 2018)

Texts mentioned in our round-table on academic writing include:

Adams, Mary Louise, 1997. The Trouble with NormalPostwar Youth and the Making of Heterosexuality, University of Toronto Press, Toronto. (Recommended by Serena Petrella.)

Butler, Judith, 1993. Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”, Routledge, New York. (Recommended by Serena Petrella.)

Haraway, Donna J, 1991. “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century,” in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature, Routledge,  New York, pp.149-181. (Recommended by Chantelle Gray van Heerden.)

Kristeva, Julia, 1992. Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia, Columbia University Press, New York. (Recommended by Marianne Schleicher.)

Le Guin, Ursula K, 2004. The Wave in the Mind, Penguin Random House, New York. (Recommended by Deirdre Byrne.)

Rose, Gillian, 1996. Love’s Work, Schocken, New York. (Recommended by Wernmei Yong Ade.)

Stengers, Isabelle 2015. In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism, Open Humanities Press/Meson Press – or anything at all by her. (Recommended by Chantelle Gray van Heerden.)

(See what we did there? Harvard, baby.)

Episode 20: On kissing (2 December 2017)

Kylie Scott recommends:

Anna Campbell recommends:

Episode 19: On illustrations (4 November 2017)

Judy Horacek recommends:

Gabrielle Wang recommends:

Episode 18 – On voice (3 October, 2017)

Eleanor Jackson recommends:

Lian Low recommends:

Episode 17 – On form (30 July, 2017)

Alison Croggon recommends:

Jane Harrison recommends:

Episode 16 – On teaching (28 May 2017)

Alexis Drevikovsky recommends:

Alison Ravenscroft recommends:

Penni Russon recommends:

And the writing/autobiographies mentioned are:

Our Autumn reading (April 2017) includes:



Episode 15 – On knowledge (26 March, 2017)

Robyn Annear recommends:

Lynne Kelly recommends:

  • Skin by Ilka Tampke

Episode 14 – On Austen (22 February 2017)

Alison Goodman recommends:

And can’t wait to get her hands on:

Kylie Mirmohamadi recommends:

Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
Autumn by Ali Smith
The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard
Audiobooks of Helen Garner’s Everywhere I Look and The Spare Room.
And the favourite Jane Austen documentaries, projects and adaptations mentioned include:
Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball (documentary with Amanda Vickery)
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012 web series)
Bride and Prejudice (2004 Bollywood version)
Death Comes to Pemberley (2012 TV series of PD James’ Austen fanfic)
Emma (2009 mini-series with Romola Garai as Emma)
Mansfield Park (1999 film by Patricia Rozema with Frances O’Connor as Fanny)
Mansfield Park (2007 TV film with Billie Piper as Fanny)
Northanger Abbey (which nobody but Kelly likes – this is the 2007 version with Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland)
Persuasion (1995 series with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds)
Pride and Prejudice (definitive 1995  BBC series with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth)
Pride and Prejudice (Kylie’s beloved 1980 TV series with Elizabeth Garvie as Lizzy)
Pride and Prejudice (2005 film with Keira Knightley and Mathew Macfadyen)
Sense and Sensibility (1995 film with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet).

Episode 13 – On sounds (19 January 2017)

Natalia Molebatsi recommends poetry by:

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers recommends poetry by:

They both recommend:

Our summer reading (January 2017)

Adele Walsh:

Kelly Gardiner:

Episode 12 – On labels (15 November 2016)

Anita Heiss recommends:

Jessica Walton recommends:

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Episode 11 – On research (4 October 2016)

Hannah Kent recommends:

Kate Mildenhall recommends:

Episode 10 – On rebellion (18 September 2016)

Silvia Kwon recommends:

Lee Kofman recommends:

Episode 9 – On pictures (3 September 2016)

Raina Telgemeier recommends:

Bronwyn Bancroft recommends:

Episode 8 – On Festivals (17 August 2016)

Anne O’Brien recommends:

Rose Brock recommends:

Lisa Dempster recommends:

Stephanie Convery recommends:

Veronica Sullivan recommends:

Episode 7 – On Process (23 July 2016)

Paddy O’Reilly recommends:

Charlotte Wood recommends:

What we’ve been reading (June 2016):

Adele Walsh:

Kelly Gardiner:

Episode 5 – On Swearing (19 June 2016)

Patricia Cornelius recommends:

Toni Jordan recommends:

Episode 4 – On Romance (19 June 2016)

Tessa Dare recommends:

Vox pop recommendations:

Episode 3 – On Editing (19 June 2016)

Clare Wright recommends:

Mandy Brett recommends:

Episode 2 – On Friendship (19 June 2016)

Cath Crowley recommends:

Simmone Howell recommends:

Fiona Wood recommends:

Episode 1 – On Story (19 June 2016)

Vivian Gornick recommends:

Sian Prior recommends: