Set in Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, Michelle de Kretser’s new novel, The Life to Come, tackles Australian identity and cosmopolitanism. In a searing critique of the over-the-top materialism of middle-class progressives, and the culture of ‘curating the self’ in social media, The Life to Come is contemporary but effortlessly classic. One of Australia’s finest writers, Michelle de Kretser appears in conversation with Stephen Romei, Literary Editor at The Australian.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

Michelle de Kretser (Australian)

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Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Sydney. She is the author of five novels, the most recent of which is The Life to Come. Her previous novel, Questions of Travel, won the Miles Franklin Award. Michelle's fiction is published across the world and has won numerous awards.

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.