Writers of Australian fiction are not only going back to the bush for their subject matter, but some, such as Carrie Tiffany in Mateship with Birds, also engage the themes of the human animal, sexuality and desire. She talks to Susan Wyndham.
Carrie Tiffany (Australian)
Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She now lives in Melbourne where she works as an agricultural journalist. Her first novel, Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living, was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, The Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, and won the Dobbie Award for Best First Book (2006) and the 2006 Western Australian Premier's Award for Fiction. Mateship with Birds is her second novel.
Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. She has been a journalist for 30 years and is author of Life in His Hands, a biography of the neurosurgeon Charlie Teo and his patient Aaron McMillan, a concert pianist.