Buy Behind the Text: Candid conversations with Australian creative nonfiction writers
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Behind the Text: Candid conversations with Australian creative nonfiction writers could be the perfect gift for readers of all kinds, and possibly even non-readers too.
It is published by one of Melbournes small indie publishers (who recently published the joint winner of the Prime Ministers Literary Awards History Prize Let My People Go, the untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-1989 by Sam Lipski and Suzanne D. Rutland) but despite this prestigious honour I am not surprised that Behind the Text doesnt seem to have caught the attention of old media reviewers yet because they are not very good at knowing about the gems that can be found among the books published by small indie publishers, IMHO. Lisa Hill, ANZLitLovers blog.
Behind the Text is a celebration of the often forgotten genre of creative nonfiction.
Paired with Josephs rich descriptions of person and place, this collection of candid interviews brings together some of the best Australian authors, covering everything from traumatic wartime journalism and burning national issues to Middle Eastern spices.
In this definitive work, eleven influential authors explore their writing process, ethical dilemmas and connection to the capacious genre. As the first collection of its kind, this work brings Australian creative nonfiction into the literary spotlight.
Sue Josephs fine writing and her magnificent ability to bring the colour, the textures and voice(s) of life into text make her another great Australian creative nonfiction writer.
Isabel Soares, President of International Association for Literary Journalism Studies
I was totally entranced by Behind the Text. I finished reading the book and simply started again!
Graeme Harper, Editor, New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing
Sue Joseph is one of Australias leading thinkers on creative nonfiction. In this collection of interviews with some of the countrys most important and exciting writers, she celebrates their craft even as she probes it with questions that are often blunt, sometimes oblique and offers assessments that are always richly human.
Matthew Ricketson, Professor, University of Canberra and President of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australi
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