Anna Spargo-Ryan is an award-winning writer living in Melbourne, where she writes about brains and love and people and family and food and creativity. Her work has been published by Black Inc., The Guardian, Overland, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, The Big Issue, Daily Life, and many other places.
Anna’s new novel, THE GULF, is out now from Picador.
Her first novel, THE PAPER HOUSE, is also available to buy.
Anna won the 2016 Horne Prize for her essay “The Suicide Gene”, and is a widely acclaimed writer and speaker on mental health.
“The Gulf … suggests an Australian literary talent just beginning to come into its own.”
“Ben is one of the most charming characters in fiction …”
22.6.17 Interview with The Guardian
“If I want people to hear something, I can’t punish them for reading it. So this is the best way for me to deliver the message I want to. Partly for the readers’ sake, and partly for my sake as well.”
“It’s this extraordinary empathy and immersion that lifts The Gulf above other stories of its type. It deserves to be read by adults and teens alike.”
30.5.17 The Gulf reviewed by The Monthly
“… the writing impels you through the narrative, always vital, often funny. Spargo-Ryan is definitely a writer to watch.”
29.5.17 The Gulf reviewed by Readings
“Anna Spargo-Ryan is a writer in command of every sentence, who somehow makes the unspeakable succinct.”
“It’s not always easy to read The Gulf but it is impossible to turn away.” With book pal Eliza Henry-Jones, and her novel Ache.
“For this issue, we are looking for writers’ own stories about identity, perception, perspective and reality. This might mean stories of home, displacement, gender, race, physicality, ability, dysphoria, illness, altered states, or any other experience realised in your fiction. Send in stories that have listened, and that require listening to.”
Reviewer Lorien Kaye says: “Anna Spargo-Ryan returns with another impressive novel that will have readers feeling every emotion experienced by the beautifully written characters.” (paywalled)
I’m so delighted that The Paper House has been longlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, alongside the most wonderful group of other books and authors.