Join Michael Sala as he discusses his latest novel The Restorer with the literary editor of The Australian, Stephen Romei. After a year apart, Maryanne returns to her husband, Roy. With their children, they move to a derelict house in Newcastle. As Roy patches holes and plasters over cracks, Maryanne hopes that they can rebuild their life. But some cracks can never be smoothed over, and tension grows. Sala talks about his novel, in which uneasy family peace is ruptured with devastating consequences.

Presented with the State Library of NSW.

Michael Sala (Australian)

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Michael Sala's most recent book is The Restorer. His critically acclaimed debut, The Last Thread, won the 2013 NSW Premier's Award for New Writing and was the regional winner (Pacific) of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize.

Stephen Romei (Australian)

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Stephen Romei is The Australian's literary editor. He blogs at A Pair of Ragged Claws. When pressed, he nominates Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment as his favourite book, though sometimes it's Moby Dick.