Author Archives: melina marchetta

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil paperback



The US paperback of Tell the Truth comes out in October and the smaller Australian format was released this month.  I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since the novel came out. It’s had such a wonderful response and I’ve had the opportunity to get into great conversations about it. I miss those characters.

Family History Talk, 16th August

the italian flag painted on the wall

Event date: Wednesday 16 August 2017
Event Time:    7.00 pm
Event Venue:  Main Auditorium, the Italian Forum Cultural Centre, Ground floor, 23 Norton Street. Leichhardt NSW 2040

Please arrive 15 minutes early
Event being filmed
Entry Fee $5

Ayr, North Queensland

I’ll be in Ayr on the 18th August which I’m looking forward to.  It’s my mum’s home town and she’s coming up with me.  I’ll be doing school talks on the Friday, but will more than possibly be doing an event on the Friday evening for anyone who would like to turn up. I’d love to see familiar faces there. It’s Katia Alibrandi’s home turf, and it holds a very special place in my heart.  Below is a bit of information, but there’s more to come.

When Rosie Met Jim Part 2


The above is available for pre-order.  Here is the link.

Because the short story now officially exists, and I’m about ten thousand words into a novel, I feel as if I can talk about what I’m working on a little more.

It will be a novel primarily about one house, four characters, five lives, and told through three points of view.

Jimmy is 23 years old in When Rosie met Jim.  In the novel, he’ll be about 25 because it takes place in Sydney about two years after the events of the short story. It’s not  YA, but regardless, I’m predictable. It’s a generational story and it’s character driven, relationship driven and pretty much about community, solace and the ties that bind. (and netball).

The song I’m listening to at the moment is Babylon by Dave Gray and it’s become my lead into the lives of the older characters.

Fingers crossed, I’m hoping to finish the first draft later this year. (I’ll get back to you then).



















When Rosie met Jim


The Review of Australian Fiction ( has a great concept where a well-established writer asks a talented writer, who may be lesser known, to also submit a short story.

Last time I wrote a story for the RAF, it was in the same edition as the very talented Kirsty Eagar.  This time it’s Kathryn Barker, whose debut novel In the Skin of a Monster won the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel in 2016 and was shortlisted for Best Fantasy.  Her second novel, Waking Romeo will be published by Allen & Unwin in Australia and Flatiron Books in the US in 2019.

Kathryn’s short story for the RAF is called Shoeboxes and it is an amazing psychological thriller. To tell you anything more would ruin the reader’s experience.

My short story is called When Rosie met Jim. It’s about a young woman who finds herself stranded in a Queensland town during a flood, where she meets a guy named Jim. (the title is quite literal, and yes, it’s him for those who know my previous work).

Both stories will be available online on the 20th of June. I will publish the link when it’s available (it costs about $2.99).

Mine will be the first chapter of the novel I’m writing, which unlike the short story, is set in the same part of Sydney I tend to write about in my contemporary novels. Here’s the first line.

It’s rained for forty days and forty nights, so when a guy who looks like Jesus in orange SES overalls comes to stand next to her, Rosie thinks it’s all a bit biblical.




Sydney Writers’ Festival and The Emerging Writers’ Festival

I will be speaking at the Emerging Writers’ Festival (17-18th June) in Melbourne. Very excited about the sessions and the presenters. Especially excited to see Brodie Lancaster on the lineup.

So let me use Brodie to regress and talk about the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

Yesterday, alongside Pia Miranda, Mark Di Stefano(political editor of Buzzfeed) Genevieve Fricker (Triple J presenter and comic and musician) Rajith Savanadasa (Ruins and one of this year’s SMH best Young Australian novelists),  Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Jassmin’s Story, founder of Youth Without Borders, plus a thousand others things), Brodie delivered an amazing Have a Say Day speech at the 25th anniversary of Alibrandi at the Sydney Writers Festival. Josie Alibrandi would have known she was outclassed by all of them. I was very teary, to say the least. (Plus if you can get in a conversation about The Real Housewives of Melbourne or Sydney in the green room of a literary festival with Brodie Lancaster and Pia Miranda, you’ve sort of hit gold).

I was also part of the amazingly profound People of Letters with Pia, where we listened to Rajith exchange a letter with Melanie Joosten; Lee Lin Chin with Chris Leben; Anne Buist with Graeme Simsion; Trish Young with Jodi Phillis.  A bit teary there as well.

On Saturday morning I was on with Thomas Keneally, Meg Keneally and Candice Fox. I couldn’t help thinking of Melina Marchetta, twenty five years ago, being told that one day she’ll be on a panel with these people speaking about crime.

And finally, Sydney.  Home town. Great weather, and as my 5 year old said, “Look mum, the harbour bridge.’

Next, the Emerging Writers’ Festival.  Deep down I’ve been dying to get an invite for years. I love the idea of the EWF because I was very fortunate to get good advice in the early days of my publishing career.  I wasn’t as much young in years, as in experience so I had people like John Marsden and Isobelle Carmody and many others looking out for me.  So being there for the new writers on the block has always been important.

So quite an honour to be one of the ambassadors alongside the following.

Michelle Law (Sh*t Asian Mothers Say, Single Asian Female); Anna Krien (Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport, Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests); Inga Simpson (Where The Trees Were, forthcoming Understory); and Dr. Rebecca-Anne Do Rozario (Monash University professor of fantasy literature).


17th – 18th of June, 9.30am-5pm.


State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre.


Full weekend, day passes and single event tickets are available now.