SKIN IN THE GAME
By Sonya Voumard RRP $ 19.95 Available from www.transitlounge.com.au
This is an incisive and hugely entertaining look into the world of journalism, exploring the pleasure and pain of telling true stories. The daughter of a European refugee mother and a journalist father, Sonya recounts her passionate but questioning relationship with journalism and the nature of the interview. There’s 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. Throughout it all Sonya 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.