Songwriter and musician Holly Throsby has drawn high praise as a novelist, with The Sydney Morning Herald likening her to Tim Winton for her “wry affection for a peculiarly Australian dagginess and the rhythms and rituals of small-town life”. Holly’s second novel, Cedar Valley, tells of a young woman arriving in a town north of Sydney and an unknown man who mysteriously appears on the same day. Holly illuminates this follow-up to her debut novel Goodwood in conversation with ABC’s Zan Rowe.

Holly Throsby (Australian)

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Holly Throsby is a musician and novelist from Sydney. She has released five solo albums, a collection of original children’s songs, and an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper (with Sarah Blasko and Sally Seltmann). Holly has been nominated for four ARIAs. Holly’s debut novel Goodwood was a critically acclaimed bestseller, shortlisted for numerous awards. Her second novel Cedar Valley was published to rave reviews. It has been longlisted for the Indie Book Award.

Zan Rowe (Australian)

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Zan Rowe is a music journalist, broadcaster, podcaster and avid reader. For more than a decade Zan hosted triple j Mornings, before switching to big sister station Double J in 2018. Throughout her career, Zan has prized in-depth conversations with creative souls, most notably with the much loved Take 5 co-host. When not on air, Zan shares time with Myf Warhurst on their Bang On podcast, or with her nose in a good book.