Award–winning author Ceridwen Dovey’s In the Garden of the Fugitives is a gripping novel of 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 novel with Ashley Hay.

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.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

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Ashley Hay's latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. Her earlier work has won accolades in Australia and abroad, most recently the 2016 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. She has been longlisted for awards including the Miles Franklin and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and shortlisted for awards including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Kibble. Her previous novel, The Railwayman's Wife, received the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies' Colin Roderick Award, and People's Choice at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. It was published in the UK, the US and in translation.