Skin in the Game

Sonya Voumard

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Stella Prize long-listed author Sonya Voumards Skin in the Game is original, incisive and hugely entertaining. The daughter of a European refugee mother and a journalist father, Voumard recounts with aplomb her passionate but questioning relationship with journalism and the nature of the interview. The daughter of a European refugee mother and a journalist father, Voumard recounts with aplomb her passionate but questioning relationship with journalism and the nature of the interview. Theres a disastrous 1980 university encounter with Helen Garner which forms the seed for her fascination with the dynamics of the interview and culminates in her connecting again with Garner more than three decades later to work out what went so wrong. There are the insights of a career played out against the changing nature of journalism including the authors time as a Canberra correspondent. And there are revealing and tender portraits of Kings Cross, of growing up in suburban Melbourne, her fathers love of journalism, and a family journey to the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre where her mothers Australian life began. Throughout it all Voumard is a sharpshooter, never afraid to hold a mirror up to her own life and practices as a journalist, to dig deep into the ethics of journalism and the use of power, and to sensitively explore the intertwined nature of life and work and personal relationships. The writing is at turns sharp, funny, direct, strong and affectionate. `Ive immense admiration for how Sonya Voumard so deftly wields a writers scalpel, both on her subjects and herself. Together, these dispatches provide a fascinating insiders account of Australian journalism and a forensic look into the myriad pitfalls involved in telling peoples stories. Benjamin Law, author of The Family Law and Gaysia

ISBN: 9780995409842
Publication Date: 01-Mar-2018
Publisher: Transit Lounge Publishing