A mesmerising novel, Questions of Travel follows the two very different lives of Laura, who travels the world before returning to Sydney, and Ravi, who dreams of being a tourist until he is driven from Sri Lanka by devastating events. Award-winning novelist Michelle de Kretser speaks with The Sydney Morning Herald’s Literary Editor, Susan Wyndham, about Questions of Travel, described as ‘a grand and intellectual work, a unique study on the essence of modern time, how we travel in it and through it’ (SMH).
Michelle de Kretser (Australian)
Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to Australia when she was 14. Educated in Melbourne and Paris, Michelle has worked as a university tutor, an editor and a book reviewer. She is the author of The Rose Grower, The Hamilton Case, which won the Commonwealth Prize (SE Asia and Pacific region) and the UK Encore Prize, and The Lost Dog, which won the ALS Gold Medal and was longlisted for the Man Booker. Her latest novel is Questions about Travel.
Susan Wyndham is literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. She has been a journalist for more than 30 years and is the author of Life In His Hands: The True Story of a Neurosurgeon and a Pianist. She has edited an anthology of personal essays by Australian writers on losing a parent, which will be published in October by Allen & Unwin.