Beloved Australian authors Rosalie Ham (The Dressmaker) and Melina Marchetta (Looking for Alibrandi) join Melanie Kembrey to discuss their critically acclaimed new comedies of manners about leaving and returning home. Rosalie’s The Year of the Farmer is a darkly satirical novel about a woman coming back to her farming community to run the local pub. Melina’s The Place on Dalhousie is the deftly drawn story of a woman who returns to her father’s home after her mother’s death.

Rosalie Ham (Australian)

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Rosalie Ham is a Melbourne teacher and author of four novels. Her most recent novel is The Year of the Farmer. Her first novel The Dressmaker was adapted to film starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis.

Melina Marchetta (Australian)

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Melina Marchetta is the bestselling author of nine novels (including the classic Looking for Alibrandi) which have been published in more than twenty countries. Her work has won multiple awards, and she has also written award-winning screenplays and televisions scripts. Her new novel is The Place on Dalhousie. She lives in Sydney.

Melanie Kembrey (Australian)

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Melanie Kembrey is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald. She is the deputy editor of Spectrum, where she writes about books and arts.