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'Jason Steger is the literary editor of Fairfax Media, and was, until its recent axing, a regular on the ABC's Book Club. Few people are as well-placed as Jason to provide an objective overview of the Australian publishing industry, as well as perhaps more subjectively, the art of reviewing.' (Introduction)


  • Transcript available on the website.

  • Show Notes : 

    • Jason cites Nam Le and Abigail Ulman as Australian writers who impressed him from their first published work.
    • He also mentions reviews by Bradley Garrett (for Vanessa Berry's book Mirror Sydney) and Shane White (for Toni Morrison’s The Origin of Others).
    • Jason refers to Peter Craven, a well known reviewer also based in Melbourne.
    • Jason has great respect for small publishers in Australia, and specifically mentions Giramondo Publishing, Scribe Publications, Affirm Press, Black Inc and Text Publishing.
    • Richard Flanagan is one of Jason’s favourite writers to both interview and read, and he always looks forward to new work by Peter Carey. He remains a fan of Tolstoy.
    • Jason recalls interviewing Zadie Smith soon after White Teeth was released, as well as Michel Faber after The Crimson Petal and the White and Brian Moore after The Statement were published.
    • Jason has participated in almost (but not quite) every Melbourne Writers Festival for the last two decades.

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    y separately published work icon The Garret : 2018 Nic Brasch (interviewer), Astrid Edwards (interviewer), Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2018 14752153 2018 series - publisher interview Melbourne : Bad Producer Productions , 2018

    Posted 8 February 2018.

    Bonus episode #6.

Last amended 4 Oct 2018 13:23:12