Who knows you better than your own family? Richard Fidler and Sarah Kanowski from ABC’s Conversations are joined by Martin Flanagan, Wendy Harmer, Tom Keneally, Lisa Millar and Christos Tsiolkas as they tell real stories from their own families. Prepare to laugh, cry and maybe duck for cover.
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Richard Fidler is a presenter of Conversations on ABC Radio National, which attracts a large listening audience around the nation, and is the most popular podcast in Australia. Richard is also the author of several bestselling books: Ghost Empire, Saga Land (2018), co-authored with his friend Kári Gíslason, and The Golden Maze. His latest book is The Book of Roads and Kingdoms.
Martin Flanagan was born in 1955 and graduated in law from the University of Tasmania in 1975. He has written many books, a play and two film treatments. From 1985 to 2017, he wrote for the Melbourne Age on sport and other subjects.
Wendy Harmer is a broadcaster, author, journalist, stand-up comedian and stage performer.She led 2Day FM's top-rating breakfast show for 11 years and was the co-host of ABC's 702 Sydney morning show from 2016 -2021. She has hosted, written and appeared in a variety of TV shows, including ABC's The Big Gig.Wendy is the author of eight books for adults, two young adult novels and multiple books for children in the Pearlie in the Park series.
Sarah Kanowski co-presents Conversations on ABC Radio and podcast. She previously presented Books and Arts on ABC Radio National and joined the ABC as a producer on Late Night Live.
Thomas (Tom) Keneally has written a considerable number of novels and non-fiction works including The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler's List and The People's Train. He has won the Miles Franklin Award, the Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Prize, the Mondello International Prize and has been made a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library, a Fellow of the American Academy, and has been the subject of an Australian postage stamp.
Lisa Millar is the co-host of ABC TV's News Breakfast. Millar returned to the ABC in Australia after finishing a decade-long posting as bureau chief in both London and Washington DC, covering some of the world's biggest stories. She began her career at the Gympie Times in 1988 and has worked in print, TV and radio. She won a Walkley Award in 2005 for investigative reporting.
Christos Tsiolkas is a playwright, essayist, screenwriter and novelist whose award-winning works have been adapted into feature films and television series. His bestselling fourth novel, The Slap, won Overall Best Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2009 and the Australian Literary Society Gold. It was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards.In 2021, he won the Melbourne Prize for Literature.