INTRIGUING IDEAS: CHIDGEY & TIFFANY
Critically acclaimed Australian novelist Carrie Tiffany, the author of Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living and Mateship with Birds, has said that the driver for her fiction is to explore a troubling question and think about how the novel form can be used to frame it. In her most recent novel, Exploded View, she uses a Holden car manual to interrogate a family in 1970s Australia. Leading New Zealand author Catherine Chidgey has followed up her award-winning The Wish Child with the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlisted Remote Sympathy, an interrogation of the concept of wilful obliviousness, using chilling Nazi Germany as its setting. They come together with Dan Salmon to discuss their work, the ideas that have intrigued them, and the possibilities and limitations of using the novel to canvas them.