Jessica Au’s Cold Enough for Snow and Larissa Behrendt’s After Story both follow a mother and daughter duo travelling overseas together, revealing their histories and connections, and the value of authentic communication. Inaugural winner of The Novel Prize, Cold Enough for Snow was described by Helen Garner as “so calm and clear and deep, I wished it would flow on forever”. Rachel Griffiths called the bestselling After Story “an exquisite tapestry that talks to our common humanity that lives within the stories we collect, treasure and share”. Jessica and Larissa sit down with Ashley Hay to discuss the duality of intimacy and distance in their incredible new books.

Larissa Behrendt (Australian)

Larissa Behrendt

Larissa Behrendt is a filmmaker, broadcaster, academic and the author of three novels: Home, which won the 2002 David Unaipon Award and the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book; Legacy, which won the 2010 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Indigenous Writing; and the bestselling After Story. She has published numerous books on Indigenous legal issues and the influential history book Finding Eliza: Power and colonial storytelling. She was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC person of the Year Award and the 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. She is the host of Speaking Out on ABC Radio and is Distinguished Professor at the Jumbunna Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.

Jessica Au (Australian)

Jessica Au

Jessica Au is a writer based in Melbourne. She has worked as deputy editor at the quarterly journal Meanjin and as a factchecker for Aeon magazine. Her novel, Cold Enough for Snow won the inaugural Novel Prize and was published by Giramondo, New Directions and Fitzcarraldo Editions in February 2022 and translated into fifteen languages.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is an award-winning novelist and essayist. Her novels include The Railwayman's Wife and A Hundred Small Lessons. A new edition of her non-fiction narrative, Gum: The Story of Eucalypts and Their Champions, was published in 2021. She is the editor of Griffith Review.