Award–winning author Ceridwen Dovey’s In the Garden of the Fugitives is a gripping novel about obsession, guilt and the power of the past to possess the present. It follows the story of Vita, who receives an email from her old benefactor, Royce, almost 20 years after she forbade him to contact her. What unfolds is a masterwork of duplicity and counterplay. Previously selected for the US National Book Foundation’s prestigious ‘5 Under 35’ list, Ceridwen discusses her breakthrough new novel with Suzanne Leal.


Presented with the State Library of New South Wales.

Ceridwen Dovey (Australian)

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Ceridwen Dovey’s debut novel, Blood Kin, was published around the world, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Award, and selected for the U.S. National Book Foundation’s prestigious ‘5 Under 35’ honours list. The Wall Street Journal named her as one of their ‘artists to watch.’ Her collection of stories, Only the Animals, was described by The Guardian as a ‘dazzling, imagined history of humans’ relationship with animals’ and won the 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award. Her latest novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, was published in Australia in February 2018 and will be published in the U.S., U.K. and France later in 2018. Ceridwen also writes non-fiction for The Monthly and The New Yorker.

Suzanne Leal (Australian)

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Suzanne Leal is the author of novels The Teacher’s Secret and Border Street. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is the senior judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a former judge of ‘The Nib’ Waverley Library Award for Literature. She has been a legal commentator on ABC radio and is a regular interviewer at literary events and festivals.