“More and more I feel that in fiction we are all rehearsing for real life...it continues to astound me that as humans we have no real way of knowing what is going on in anybody else’s mind and yet we still manage to come together and try so hard to communicate between one another, there’s something heartbreaking about that. And for me that’s what fiction is...it’s the most profound tool we have at our fingertips to get into each other’s experiences.” – Ceridwen Dovey

Ceridwen Dovey and Emily Maguire shed light on their riveting new novels, both electrifying tales of trust and consequences, with Bridie Jabour. A murder mystery and study of modern manners, Ceridwen’s Life After Truth tells of former Harvard classmates whose weekend reunion is rocked by the death of a fellow alumnus. Emily is a Miles Franklin Award shortlisted writer whose latest novel, Love Objects, is the insightful, compassionately drawn story of a young woman whose aunt is imperilled by compulsive hoarding. Together, the two discuss the writing process, midlife opportunities (rather than midlife crises), and the power of fiction to generate empathy.

This podcast was recorded live at the 2021 Sydney Writers’ Festival and is available on all major podcast platforms.

Ceridwen Dovey (Australian)

Ceridwen Dovey

Ceridwen is a fiction writer and essayist based in Sydney. She’s the author of several works of fiction (Blood Kin, Only the Animals, In the Garden of the Fugitives), and non-fiction (On J.M. Coetzee: Writers on Writers and Inner Worlds Outer Spaces). Her essays have been published by The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, WIRED, The Monthly, and Alexander. She was awarded a prestigious 2020 Australian Museum Eureka Award for long-form science journalism and won the 2020 UNSW Press Bragg Prize for science writing. Her latest novel is Life After Truth.

Emily Maguire (Australian)

Emily Maguire

Emily Maguire is the author of three non-fiction books and six novels, including the Stella Prize and Miles Franklin Award shortlisted An Isolated Incident. She works as a teacher and as a mentor to young and emerging writers and was the 2018/2019 Writer-in-Residence at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. Her latest book is Love Objects.

Bridie Jabour (Australian)

Bridie Jabour

Bridie Jabour is the opinion editor at Guardian Australia. She is the author of The Way Things Should Be, and the upcoming book of essays Trivial Grievances.