Kate Evans in conversation with Guest of Honour Anna Funder
21 October 2023 | 12:00 pm - 12:55 pm
Kate Evans interviews Anna Funder on Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life a genre-bending revelation of Eileen O’Shaughnessy, George Orwell’s wife. How did Anna approach bringing the shadowy Eileen into focus while also grappling to reconcile Orwell’s genius against his mistreatment of Eileen?
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About Anna Funder
Anna Funder is the author of Stasiland and All That I Am – both international bestsellers, published in more than twenty-six countries – and the novella The Girl with the Dogs. Stasiland, hailed as a ‘classic’, tells true stories of ordinary people who heroically resisted the communist dictatorship of East Germany, and of others who worked for the Stasi. In 2004, Stasiland won the UK’s premier award for non-fiction, the Samuel Johnson Prize and was a finalist for many other awards.
Anna’s novel All That I Am is an homage to four German anti-Hitler activists living bravely but precariously in exile in London in the 1930s. All That I Am won many literary awards including Australia’s most prestigious, the Miles Franklin Prize, and was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. It spent over a year on the bestseller lists, was BBC Book of the Week and Book at Bedtime, and The Times Book of the Month. Her latest book Wifedom: Mrs Orwell’s Invisible Life, will be published in July 2023.
About Kate Evans
Kate Evans is the co-host of ABC Radio National’s weekly Bookshelf program, regularly interviews writers onstage at writers festivals, and has a PhD in history.