Two authors of enthralling new works of fiction bound by sudden tragedy, motherhood and rage sit down with Susan Wyndham. Sydney Morning Herald columnist Jacqueline Maley sheds light on The Truth About Her, her portrayal of a journalist and single mother who learns that a young wellness blogger she uncovered in an exposé has taken her own life. Award-winning Offspring creator Debra Oswald reflects on her thriller, The Family Doctor, about a suburban GP haunted by the murder of a friend and her children by their estranged husband and father.

Jacqueline Maley (Australian)

Jacqueline Maley

Jacqueline Maley is an award-winning journalist and columnist with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. In 2020, she won, with her colleague Kate McClymont, the prestigious Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, as well as an Award for Excellence in Civil Liberties Journalism from the New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties. In 2017, Jacqueline won the Peter Ruehl Award for Outstanding Columnist at the NRMA Kennedy Awards. The Truth About Her is her first novel.

Debra Oswald (Australian)

Debra Oswald

Debra Oswald is the creator and head writer of the first five seasons of TV series Offspring and a two-time winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Her stage plays, including Gary’s House, Mr Bailey’s Minder and Dags, have been performed around the world. She has written TV scripts (including for Bananas in Pyjamas and Police Rescue), nine books for children and three adult novels. Her new novel is The Family Doctor.

Susan Wyndham (Australian)

Susan Wyndham

Susan Wyndham is a journalist, writer and book reviewer. She is the former literary editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. Her books include Life In His Hands: the true story of a neurosurgeon and a pianist, and My Mother, My Father: on losing a parent.