Journalist and author Caroline Baum (Only) sits down with two of Australia’s favourite broadcasters and authors to discuss the stories that inspire them. Host of ABC’s Conversations Richard Fidler has turned his love affair with Prague into a personally curated history – The Golden Maze – a work that is both a biography of a city and the stories and people that define it. Former host of Radio National’s Book Show Ramona Koval recently embarked on a global quest to better understand the ingenuity, the science and the tales that make us human in A Letter to Layla.

Ramona Koval (Australian)

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer and journalist. Her recent books include A Letter to Layla: Travels to our deep past and near future (Text, 2020), Bloodhound: Searching for my father (Text, 2015), By the Book: A reader's guide to life (Text, 2012) and Speaking Volumes: Interviews with Remarkable Writers (Scribe, 2010). She is an honorary fellow in the Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne. She previously presented a range of ABC programs, notably Books and Writing and later The Book Show.

Richard Fidler (Australian)

Richard Fidler

Richard Fidler is the author of Ghost Empire and the co-author of Saga Land, a journey into the sagas of Iceland, which was awarded the 2018 Indie Book Award for non-fiction. Richard is best known as a presenter of ABC Radio's Conversations. The program attracts a large listening audience around the nation and is the most popular podcast in Australia. His new book, The Golden Maze, is a biography of Prague, inspired by his experience of the city’s 1989 Velvet Revolution.

Caroline Baum (Australian)

Caroline Baum

Journalist Caroline Baum is the author of Only: A Singular Memoir, and in April 2021 she launches her new podcast, Life Sentences, about contemporary biography. She is the Ambassador for the Older Womens Network (NSW) and a winner of the Hazel Rowley Fellowship. She lives on the South Coast of NSW.