Authors Talking Playlist

Authors Talking Playlist
We will be featuring some great authors who love sharing their books with us and some of their favourites by other authors.  

​​​Hear from some great authors who are sharing their books with us, as well as telling us about their favourites by other authors.

Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay talks about his book, 'The Kindness Revolution', in conversation with Ailsa Piper from Double Bay Library with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association. 

Absorbing, wise and inspiring, The Kindness Revolution captures the essence of Mackay's life's work as social psychologist and researcher. Written for our times, this truly remarkable book shows how crises and catastrophes often turn out to be the making of us and explains why radical kindness is the key to healing. To quote from the book's opening chapter: "To be kind – always and to everyone – is to be fully, gloriously human, and every act of kindness is one more step towards a better society."


Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson OAM is a much-loved Australian actor, breast cancer advocate and determined unicyclist. He won a Gold Logie in 2017 and was named the 2018 Victorian of the Year. So far the charity he set up with his sister Connie, Love Your Sister, has raised over $13M for medical research. 

Samuel speaks about a new book he has edited called 'Dear Mum'. It's an honest, moving, emotionally memorable collection of letters to their mothers from some of Australia's most notable notables. Samuel Johnson is in conversation with Melanie Mutch from Hornsby Shire Libraries with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association. 

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Meredith Burgmann and Nadia Wheatley

Meredith Burgmann and Nadia Wheatley talk about their book, 'Radicals: Remembering the Sixties', in conversation with Melinda McNaughton from Wollondilly Library with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association.

The Sixties – an era of protest, free love, civil disobedience, duffel coats, flower power, giant afros and desert boots, all recorded on grainy black and white film footage – marked a turning point for change. Radicals found their voices and used them. While the initial trigger for protest was opposition to the Vietnam War, this anger quickly escalated to include Aboriginal Land Rights, Women’s Liberation, Gay Liberation, Apartheid, Student Power and ‘workers control’. In 'Radicals', some of the people doing the changing – including David Marr, Margret RoadKnight, Gary Foley, Jozefa Sobski and Geoffrey Robertson – reflect on how the decade changed them and Australian society forever.



Mary Li

Mary Li is an international ballet star and a mother like no other. She became a household name when her husband Li Cunxin published his bestselling memoir, 'Mao’s Last Dancer' – but that book told only half the story. 'Mary’s Last Dance' is a powerful and uplifting memoir about chasing an impossible dream, and sacrificing one’s own ambition for the love of a child. It is a moving and unforgettable story of passion, dedication and devotion. Mary Li is in conversation with Therese Scott from Mosman Library with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association.


Julietta Henderson

Julietta Henderson discusses her debut novel,  'The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman', a gorgeously charming up-lit story that makes the perfect salve after the doom and gloom of 2020. Julietta is in conversation with Suzanne Micallef from City of Parramatta Libraries with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association.



Deborah Rodriguez

'The Moroccan Daughter' is an utterly irresistible story of modern love, family, identity and celebrating our differences. Deborah Rodriguez is the author of the international bestselling novels 'The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul', 'Return to the Little Coffee Shop of Kabul', 'The Zanzibar Wife' and 'Island on the Edge of the World'. She has also written two memoirs: T'he Kabul Beauty School', about her life in Afghanistan, and 'The House on Carnaval Street', on her experiences following her return to America. Deborah is also the founder of the nonprofit organization Oasis Rescue, which aims to teach women in post-conflict and disaster-stricken areas the art of hairdressing. She currently lives in Mazatlán, Mexico, where she owns Tippy Toes salon and spa. Deborah is in conversation with Holly Pirie from Shellharbour City Libraries with the support of NSW Public Libraries Association.


Andrew Pippos


Greek Cafes and Milkbars of Australia: Leonard Janiszewski

Every town used to have a milk bar or café. What are your memories of milk bars? The ice creams, the milkshakes, the lollies? Leonard Janiszewski, historian and co-author of the book Greek Cafes and Milk Bars of Australia, will take us on a fascinating trip down memory lane sharing stories of the milk bar culture. This event was facilitated by Victoria Murray from Bathurst Library. Proudly supported by NSW Public Libraries Association. This event was part of #nswreads events February 2020.


General Sir Peter Cosgrove

General Sir Peter Cosgrove discusses his memoir, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE JOINED, in conversation with Richard Glover for NSW Public Libraries. Very interesting insights of a much admired public figure and soldier and leader in Australian military history in war and peacetime activities.


Craig Reucassel

Craig Reucassel discusses his book based on the ABC series, Fight for Planet A, in conversation with Melanie Mutch, Hornsby Library Service

Based on the ABC TV Series, the climate challenge and what we can do when there is no Plan B.


Garth Nix

Garth Nix presents his new book, THE LEFT-HANDED BOOKSELLERS OF LONDON, in conversation with Yasmin Greenhalgh, Stanton Library

From the bestselling author of ANGEL MAGE, this new fantasy adventure, set in 1980s London, follows one girl's quest to find her father, leading her to a secret society of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World when it disastrously intrudes into the modern world.




Lauren Chater

Lauren Chater presents GULLIVER'S WIFE, in conversation with Meg Keneally, author of The Wreck and Fled

Birth. Death. Wonder … One woman's journey to the edge of love and loyalty from the bestselling author of THE LACE WEAVER.

London, 1702. When her husband is lost at sea, Mary Burton Gulliver, midwife and herbalist, is forced to rebuild her life without him. But three years later when Lemuel Gulliver is brought home, fevered and communicating only in riddles, her ordered world is turned upside down.


Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer presents his new book, TRUST.

Martin Scarsden and Mandalay Blonde think they’ve found peace at last – but the past is coming to sweep them away. A piercing scream, an abduction, an unconscious cop – and that’s just the first chapter. Then the killing starts.

Hear Chris Hammer talking to Public Libraries NSW.

Monica McInerney

Monica McInerney's latest book, THE GODMOTHERS, is a great big hug of a book that will fill your heart to bursting. It is a moving and perceptive story about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.

​Belinda Alexander

Belinda’s new book is The Mystery Woman. The central character, Rebecca Wood takes a position as postmistress in a sleepy seaside town, desperate for anonymity after a scandal in Sydney. But she is confronted almost at once by a disturbing discovery. ​

​James Bradley

James Bradley’s book is Ghost Species, an exquisitely beautiful and deeply affecting exploration of connection and loss in an age of planetary trauma.​