Kylie Ladd, author of Last Summer, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Kylie Ladd

author of Last Summer and After the Fall

Six Sharp Questions


1. Congratulations, you have a new book. What is it about and what does it mean to you?

Last Summer is about what happens to a close group of friends when the man at their centre, Rory Buchanan, dies unexpectedly… it’s about loss and grief and desire and, uh, cricket. As I was writing it, it also occurred to me that Last Summer is about mid-life, about coming to terms with who you are and the choices you’ve made, though I do fear that describing it as a book about middle-aged cricketers is going to have readers expecting Warwick Todd’s Ashes diary.

If so, I’m afraid they’ll be disappointed. Last Summer is dedicated to Geoff Williams, one of my husband’s closest mates, who died unexpectedly at the age of only 39. The novel is a work of fiction- as far as I know, none of the Continue reading

The Miles Franklin Long List – you be the judge

Spare a thought for the judges of the literary award. Can you imagine the pressure they are under to “get it right”? Given that everyone is an expert, everyone is a critic, everyone’s view of what makes a good book varies, is it possible to ever “get it right”? After all, what tastes like truffle to one person tastes like chiko roll to the next.

Yes, there are guidelines (and even those can be disputed) but oh, the scope for debate is Continue reading

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