The world shifted slowly, then so fast, while they watched but didn’t see.
In Kate Mildenhall’s compulsive The Mother Fault, Mim’s comfortable, micro-chipped life in suburban Melbourne and her assumptions about the neutrality of the omniscient Department are upended when her husband Ben goes missing while working in Indonesia. Set in a near future and very recognisable Australia, The Mother Fault is at once a literary thriller, a family drama and a riveting exploration of the consequences of a passive population and the costs – and rewards – of fighting back.
Please note that Charlotte McConaghy, originally scheduled to participate in this session, has had to withdraw from this year's Festival.
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Kate Mildenhall is a writer, teacher and co-host of The First Time, a podcast about the first time you publish a book. Her debut novel Skylarking, was named in Readings Top Ten Fiction Books of 2016 and longlisted for Best Debut Fiction in The Indie Book Awards 2017 and the 2017 Voss Literary Prize. The Mother Fault is her second novel.
Cath Kenneally is a poet, novelist and longtime arts journalist and broadcaster. Her latest book is The Southern Oscillation Index from Wakefield Press (2020).