One of the most talked-about books of the year, Julia Phillips’s powerful debut thriller Disappearing Earth has been hailed as “daring, nearly flawless” (The New York Times Book Review). When two sisters disappear from a beach on the far-flung Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia, readers are drawn into an astonishing cast of characters connected by an unfathomable crime. Shortlisted for the 2019 National Book Award, Julia joins Tam Zimet to discuss this unusual, cleverly constructed novel that illuminates the themes of ethnicity, gender, hearth and kin.

Disappearing Earth is availabe via Simon & Schuster.

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Julia Phillips (International)

Julia Phillips

​​Julia Phillips is the debut author of the novel Disappearing Earth, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and one of The New York Times' Best Books of 2019. Disappearing Earth has being published in 13 countries and has been named one of the best books of 2019 so far by Vanity Fair, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly. A Fulbright fellow, Julia has written for The New York Times, ​The Atlantic, and The Paris Review.

Tamara Zimet (Australian)

Tamara Zimet

Tamara Zimet is the Deputy Programme Director at Edinburgh International Book Festival. She was the associate director at Sydney Writers' Festival, and in 2019 she was the founder and director of Broadside, a feminist ideas festival with the Wheeler Centre. She is a judge for the 2021 Stella Prize.