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SWF Best Listens

Enjoy these brilliant listens from the Sydney Writers Festival archive. Topics range from politics and media, to royals and Shakespeare.

Malcolm Turnbull in Conversation with Annabel Crabb

Turnbull reflects upon the state of political reform and delivers his own, candid account of his time in politics

Kerry O’Brien A Memoir

An honest and intimate account of the upheavals and personalities who made history during Kerry’s five-decade journalistic career.

Jill Abramson: Merchants of Truth

An in-the-room account of the battle between the titans of traditional media and upstart digital players.

Leigh Sales: Any Ordinary Day

Leigh Sales investigates how ordinary people endure the unthinkable. 

An Evening with Antony Beevor

Pre-eminent British historian and one of the greatest chroniclers of the Second World War, Antony Beevor discusses his outstanding body of work.

George Saunders in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber

George Saunders sits down with Paul Holdengräber, the revered interviewer who George has called “one of the most brilliant minds in America, or anywhere”, to share insights into his life 

Anshel Pfeffer: Bibi

The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu is the first biography that joins the threads of the Israeli Prime Minister’s tumultuous personal life and controversial career as the Jewish state’s leader.

Julia Baird: Victoria the Queen

Julia Baird’s biography of Queen Victoria is not the first. But this modern take on a female leader written by a highly regarded political journalist is an important addition.

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Ann Goldstein: Translating Primo Levi and Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante, author of the highly acclaimed Neapolitan novels, is a mysterious recluse whose identity remains shrouded in mystery

James Shapiro: The Year of Lear

James Shapiro is one of the world’s leading experts on Shakespeare. His latest book on the great Bard, 1606: The Year of Lear was listed among the best books of 2016.

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