One of Australia’s finest and most critically acclaimed writers, Steven Carroll returns with The Year of the Beast. Bringing Steven’s sweeping Glenroy series to a magnificent close, The Year of the Beast goes back to the very beginning of the story, masterfully conjuring the tumultuous atmosphere of Melbourne in 1917. In conversation with The Sydney Morning Herald’s Melanie Kembrey, the Miles Franklin Award–winning author discusses his rhythmic, compelling tale of mothers, men and families, and what it means to stand against the surge of the crowd.

Steven Carroll (Australian)

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Steven Carroll is the multi-award winning author of ten novels including A World of Other People, which was the joint winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Award, and The Time We Have Taken, which was the winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the SE Asia and Pacific Region, and the Miles Franklin Award in 2008. Forever Young was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award in 2016. His most recent novel is The Year of the Beast.

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.