[We regret to advise that there is some questionable audio for the first five minutes or so of this episode due to an unnoticed fault somewhere in the recording equipment. We sincerely apologise and ask that our lovely listeners persevere regardless. Thankfully, it doesn’t last for long.]
This episode of The Writer and the Critic was recorded live at Continuum 11: Southern Skies — the Melbourne speculative fiction and pop culture convention. In keeping with tradition, the special guests on the podcast were the convention’s Guests of Honour, Tansy Rayner Roberts and R.J. (Rebecca) Anderson, who each recommended a favourite novel to talk about.
After introductions and some entertaining banter concerning Doctor Who fan fic, chocolate-mousse-filled cronuts and secret author identity crises, the discussion moves on to the books. Rebecca’s pick was The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (15:40) while Tansy chose Growing Rich by Fay Weldon (59:20).
Fans of Fay Weldon might also be interested to know that the 1992 mini-series of Growing Rich is available to view in full on YouTube. You’re welcome.
If you’d skipped ahead to avoid spoilers, it’s safe to come back at 1:31:30 for final remarks.