Linda Jaivin is a writer of some discipline but minimal bondage. In other words, she wants it both ways - serious and funny. And who could blame her? She can do it both ways. — Canberra Times


I’ve recently completed a three-part radio documentary on the subject of privacy for ABC Radio National’s Earshot program. It’s called Nothing to Hide, because in it, I ask if it is really true that if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.
Check it out and download the podcast here:

About me

I’m an Australian writer, the author of eleven books (seven novels and four books of non-fiction including the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation: In Praise of a Plural World). My most recent books are The Empress Lover, published in April 2014 and the non-fiction Beijing, about the city and its history, published in 2014 as well. I live in Sydney and am working on several new projects, including a new novel and a screenplay.

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They said it...

‘Writing is like driving a car at night. You can see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way.’ – E.L. Doctorow

‘Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.’ – Gustave Flaubert