Following on from her profile of Venero Armanno that I linked to yesterday, Rosemary Sorenson also talks to Matthew Condon as his new novel, The Trout Opera, hits the shelves.
Condon's generation -- which includes Tim Winton, Kate Grenville, Gillian Mears, Nick Earls and Venero Armanno -- were the first wave to benefit from the push to publish more young Australian writers generated by the success of The Australian/Vogel Award. But Condon believes his path may have been muddied somewhat by those same enthusiasms.
"It's taken me 20-odd years to understand writing is a bloody hard job," he says. "It's not easy to move forward and still maintain the standard of quality. People think they're just going to bowl in and that's it for the next 40 years, but you can't stop working at it."