Since the beginning of time, monsters have taught us about good, evil and humankind. A river creature stalks a canalside English community in Daisy Johnson’s Booker Prize shortlisted Everything Under, a group of men vanish into the Tasmanian woods in Krissy Kneen’s supernatural thriller Wintering, and Sarah Perry’s bestselling Melmoth updates the gothic novel with a haunting spectre suited to our age. Toni Jordan joins these celebrated authors to discuss their exceptional novels about monsters as beings and metaphors, and the ways these enthralling creatures are being reimagined in modern fiction.

Krissy Kneen (Australian)

Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen is the award-winning author of memoir Affection, and fiction: An Uncertain Grace, Steeplechase, Triptych, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, as well as the Thomas Shapcott Award-winning poetry collection Eating My Grandmother. She has written and directed broadcast documentaries for SBS and ABC Television. Her latest book is Wintering.

Daisy Johnson (International)

Daisy Johnson

Daisy Johnson was born in 1990, and is the youngest ever author to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, for her debut novel Everything Under. Her debut short story collection Fen was published in 2016. Daisy is the winner of the Harper's Bazaar Short Story Prize, the A.M. Heath Prize and the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.

Sarah Perry (International)

Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry was born in Essex and now lives in Norwich. She has a PhD in creative writing and her first novel, After Me Comes the Flood, was published in 2014. Her second book, The Essex Serpent, was a number one bestseller and has sold more than 500,000 copies. It was nominated for numerous awards including the Costa Book Award for Best Novel and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and was Waterstones’ Book of the Year 2016. Her third novel, Melmoth is a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

Toni Jordan (Australian)

Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan is the author of five novels. The international best-seller Addition was longlisted for the Miles Franklin award. Fall Girl was published internationally and Nine Days was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards and was named in Kirkus Review’s top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Our Tiny, Useless Hearts was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Toni teaches creative writing at Faber Academy. Her most recent novel is The Fragments.