Kirsten Tranter
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  • February22nd

    Kirsten will be convening a writer’s workshop at the Hunter Writer’s Centre in Newcastle on March 6, discussing how to get your first project started – and published – and talking about the process of adapting stories from other sources. For more info and bookings call Katharine at the Hunter Writer’s Centre on 04926 3485

    Kirsten will also be talking about The Legacy in conversation with Patricia Pender from Newcastle University’s Writing Cultures Research Group on Friday night, March 5, at The Lockup, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Refreshments provided.

  • February17th

    Ingrid’s New York life unravels in a satisfying mystery, yet The Legacy is much more sophisticated than a typical genre novel. Tranter’s characters are well-written, her prose sophisticated and rich (but never heavy handed, despite many literary references), and self-conscious in the right moments so that it never dips into cliché. This is the most satisfying novel I’ve read all year. (Four and a half stars)
    Bookseller + Publisher

    “Some novels are cracking good reads – they’ll have you reading late into the night as you tell yourself ‘just one more chapter …’ Other novels are more ideas-based – they’re the kind that leave you ruminating long after you’ve finished reading. But the best novels – like The Legacy – are a compelling mixture of the two.”
    Readings Newsletter

    “Tranter has set herself the most exciting and dangerous of literary feats: to build upon a much-loved masterpiece. The task does not overpower her… The Legacy is an entertaining literary thriller that skilfully describes the almost pleasurable pain of love and life denied, its ripe promises the sweetest before they drop.”
    The Australian

    The Legacy is a compelling mystery right from its haunting prologue… It is also a sophisticated meditation on the nature of friendship and destiny”
    The Sunday Tasmanian

    “A sophisticated work of fiction, introducing a formidable new Australian writer. Her themes ruminate on art and representation, memory, grief and desire… Tranter evokes brilliantly the heady pace of New York”
    The Age

    “an assured, complex and beautifully crafted work with a measured and restrained tone that is lyrical yet never cloying. Her characters are beautifully observed and written, without a false note.”
    The Courier Mail

    “Tranter’s story of love and life and the interplay of lively, strong, appealing characters has an interesting philosophical underlay and an intriguing, almost-open ending”
    The South Australian

    “never lacks assurance or narrative drive”
    The Sydney Morning Herald

    “engrossing… Tranter hands you nothing on a plate in the end, but the journey through this nuanced and assured first novel is a compelling one.”
    Sunday Telegraph

    The Legacy shows [Tranter] to be a novelist with a commanding talent – a tough plain-stylist who can people her fictional world with characters of great vivacity and vigour… Full of suave and stunning evocations of Sydney and Manhattan, this sparkling and spacious novel captures the smell and sap of young people half in love with everyone they’re vividly aware of, and groping to find themselves like the answer to an erotic enigma.”
    — Peter Craven in The Monthly

  • February16th

    Monday 15 March, 6.30pm
    Author talk and Q&A
    Readings Carlton
    309 Lygon Street, Melbourne
    Free, but please book on 03 9347 6633

  • February16th

    Tuesday Feb 23
    Bookclub talk and Q&A
    Shearer’s Bookshop
    99 Norton St, Leichhardt
    (under the cinema)
    02 95727766

  • February4th

    Click here to read the interview.

  • February3rd

    New Event Added

    Posted in: Events

    Kirsten will be talking and signing copies of THE LEGACY :

    Thursday February 25
    Berkelouw Books
    12-14 Park St
    Mona Vale

    Enquiries: (02) 9979 2112

  • February3rd

    Click here to read a new review of ‘The Legacy’ at

  • February2nd

    I’ll be signing copies of The Legacy at Balmain bookshop Hill of Content on Saturday, Feb 6, 275 Darling St, at 12 noon.