The Paper House – Readings Fiction Book of the Month June 2016

“… a strong debut novel from a fascinating new voice in Australian fiction.” – star-fullstar-fullstar-fullstar-full Books + Publishing

The Paper House dances through its subject, dealing intelligently with tragedy without becoming grim itself.” – Sydney Morning Herald

The Paper House is a stunning piece of literature …” Australian Women’s Weekly


Anna Spargo-Ryan is a writer and digital strategist based in Melbourne. She writes about brains and love and people and family and food and creativity. Her work has been published by or is forthcoming from Black Inc. (From the Outer, 2016), The Guardian, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Seizure, Daily Life, The Age, the ABC and many other places. Anna’s first novel, THE PAPER HOUSE, is out now from Picador.

In her digital career, Anna has worked on strategies for and with organisations including FremantleMedia (Neighbours), the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, the AFL and AFL Players’ Association, The New Daily, Bauer Media, Monash University and the Richmond Football Club.

Anna co-hosts acclaimed podcast The Anxiety Shut-In Hour. She is represented by Jo Butler of Cameron’s Management. Anna likes a lot of things and people. She likes to sing. She likes British panel shows. That’s not a lot of things, but it’s more than zero.


17.6.16 – The AU Review
Jodie Fairclough reviews “stunning debut” The Paper House.

3.6.16 – Dymocks Booklovers Podcast
This is a fun little interview about book covers, brains and the surrealness of publishing.

1.6.16 – So You Want to be a Writer? podcast
I talked to Allison Tait about why I write, writing about mental illness, and why getting a divorce is a pretty good strategy sometimes.

31.5.16 – Interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly 
Cat Rodie and I chatted about what it’s like to write about mental illness when you’re a person who has a mental illness.


Feminist Writers Festival – Feminism and Fiction
with Merlinda Bobis and Emma Ashmere

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