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Kill Your Darlings in conversation with Eleanor Catton

Dazzling, luminous, vast. These were the words the Man Booker Prize chair of judges used to describe the 2013 winning novel, The Luminaries by 28-year-old writer, Eleanor Catton. The triumph was significant for two reasons: Catton was the youngest author ever to receive the prize, and her … Read more »

Kill Your Darlings in Conversation with Junot Díaz

Junot Díaz (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1968) is the author of two collections of short stories and one novel. One of the most original and celebrated voices of his time, Díaz writes from the heart of the Dominican-American community in New Jersey, with many of his stories … Read more »

Kill Your Darlings in Conversation with Laurent Binet

Laurent Binet’s HHhH was released in 2010 in his native France to wide critical acclaim, winning the coveted Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman, the famed prize for a debut novel. The English translation, by Sam Taylor, was released in 2012 and came with testimonials from Bret Easton … Read more »

Kill Your Darlings in Conversation with Sheila Heti

In her role as interviews editor with the literary magazine The Believer, Sheila Heti has captured insights from conversations with the likes of Joan Didion, Mary Gaitskill and Sophie Calle. She is also a formidable author in her own right: her five books – two novels, a … Read more »

Kill Your Darlings in conversation with Steven Carroll

For the past 20 years, Steven Carroll has been a respected fixture in contemporary Australian fiction. In 2001 The Art of the Engine Driver was published, the first in his acclaimed Glenroy series, which are partly based on his own experiences growing up in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. … Read more »

Kill Your Darlings in Conversation with David Vann

It would take more space than we have to list David Vann’s literary achievements. His five books – a harrowing memoir, a collection of short fiction, two novels and a non-fiction account of an American university shooting – have earned him an embarrassment of awards. Despite its … Read more »

Kill Your Darlings in Conversation with Jill Dawson

Jill Dawson’s readers are very rarely anything but effusive. While not as well known in Australia as she is in the UK, Dawson’s ability to create engrossing narrative voice and to evoke place has won her deserving praise. The author of seven novels, it wasn’t until the … Read more »

Kill Your Darlings in Conversation with Andrew McGahan

KYD: Thank you for catching up with Kill Your Darlings this afternoon. I’m looking forward to chatting about all your work, and particularly your new book, The Coming of the Whirlpool, which is the first in a new YA-fantasy series. So I thought we’d begin by talking … Read more »

Kill Your Darlings in conversation with Kelly Link

While Kelly Link might be an unfamiliar name to those who rarely step beyond the domain of literary fiction, for readers of ghost stories, science fiction, and tales of the macabre, grotesque and chillingly strange, Link’s work is hallowed ground. A writer of short stories (she has … Read more »

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