Michael Robotham thinks he’d make a useless criminal. But as the author of thrillers that have sold more than 6 million copies worldwide, he has an indisputable knack for putting crimes to page. In this captivating talk, the winner of the UK Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger and two-time Ned Kelly Awards winner talks about why ‘perfect’ crimes are usually boring, and his choice to write about imperfect ones instead. Michael’s latest novel is The Secret She Keeps.

Michael Robotham (Australian)

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Michael Robotham is one of Australia’s most successful crime writers, whose psychological thrillers have been translated into 24 languages and sold more than six million copies around the world. He has won numerous prizes including the UK Crime Writer’s Gold Dagger and two Ned Kelly Awards. His latest novel is The Secrets She Keeps


Elizabeth McCarthy (Australian)

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Elizabeth McCarthy is a Melbourne-based radio producer and presenter who currently produces the Breakfast show at Australia’s biggest independent broadcaster, 3RRRFM (Triple R). Her book reviews can be heard on Breakfast. From 2013–2017, she anchored Triple R’s flagship books and writing show, Multi-Storied. Elizabeth has produced and presented interviews and documentaries for ABC Radio Melbourne, ABC RN and ABC TV. She has written about books and music for several publications, and from 2002–2006 was the drummer and co-lyricist for Melbourne swamp-rock grrrl band, The Muddy Spurs.