When it comes to crime fiction, mothers are too often cast as one-dimensional, tragic or hysterical minor players. Shaking up the tired tropes, gripping new novels by Jane Caro (The Mother), Dinuka McKenzie (The Torrent) and Laura Elizabeth Woollett (The Newcomer) unfold through the eyes of complex, deftly drawn mothers pushed to their limits absolving, avenging and protecting their families. The authors sit down with Suzanne Leal to discuss why mothers provide such engaging and humanising perspectives in crime writing.
Laura Elizabeth Woollett is the author of a short story collection The Love of a Bad Man and two novels Beautiful Revolutionary and The Newcomer. The Love of a Bad Man was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Beautiful Revolutionary was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction. Laura was the City of Melbourne's 2020 Boyd Garret writer-in-residence and is a 2020-22 Marten Bequest scholar for prose.