Acclaimed author Sophie Cunningham discusses her latest novel This Devastating Fever, a complex, darkly funny and deeply moving exploration of what it’s like to live through a time that feels like the end of days, and how we can find comfort and answers in the past. Shortlisted for the 2023 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, This Devastating Fever is arguably Sophie’s most important book to date; no small claim for an author of nine novels and a Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions to literature.
Sophie Cunningham (Australian)
Sophie Cunningham is the author of nine books, including the novel This Devastating Fever and the essay collection City of Trees. She is also a teacher, mentor, climate change activist and every day she posts an image of a tree on her Instagram @sophtreeofday. A Member of the Order of Australia for her contributions to literature, Sophie is the Chair of the Australian Society of Authors and an executive director of the Copyright Agency.