Sophie’s Legacy is the recently released book written by Leslie Elliott and William J O’Brien as a tribute to Sophie Elliott, the young Dunedin woman murdered by Clayton Weatherston in 2008. The book describes the events leading up to, and those that occurred on the day of Sophie’s death, and then the harrowing aftermath including the family’s experiences in the justice system. I will be talking with Bill O’Brien about the book and how he approached writing about such difficult and emotional events with the people most affected by them.
Laurence Fearnley has recently been announced as the winner of the 2011 NZ Post Book Award for Fiction for The Hut Builder. I talked with her several months ago about The Hut Builder and her writing, and will replay this interview with the always interesting to chat with Fearnley.