One of the most talked-about books of the year, Julia Phillips’s powerful debut thriller Disappearing Earth has been hailed as “daring, nearly flawless” (The New York Times Book Review). When two sisters disappear from a beach on the far-flung Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia, readers are drawn into an astonishing cast of characters connected by an unfathomable crime. Shortlisted for the 2019 National Book Award, Julia joins Amelia Lush to discuss this unusual, cleverly constructed novel that illuminates the themes of ethnicity, gender, hearth and kin.

Julia Phillips is supported by Sam Meers AO.

Julia Phillips (International)

Julia Phillips

​​Julia Phillips is the debut author of the novel Disappearing Earth, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and one of The New York Times' Best Books of 2019. Disappearing Earth has being published in 13 countries and has been named one of the best books of 2019 so far by Vanity Fair, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly. A Fulbright fellow, Julia has written for The New York Times, ​The Atlantic, and The Paris Review.

Amelia Lush (Australian)

Amelia Lush

Amelia Lush is the current Head of Children’s and YA Programs at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and before that worked in independent bookstores for over a decade. She has judged a number of literary prizes including the Stella Prize, the Richell Prize. The Indie Book Prize and the Australian Book Industry Awards.