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Writing team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French on the fundamentals of a psychological thriller


Tess is a single mother with a three-year-old daughter Poppy but being an overprotective mother is complicating all of her personal relationships. When Tess finds a dark and disturbing drawing among Poppy's other colourful drawings she is convinced Poppy has witnessed something terrible. But's it's only a child's drawing – isn't it?

While Tess will do anything to protect her daughter, she doesn't know who or what she is protecting her from. The path Tess takes only leads to more uncertainty and a place where she doesn't know who she can trust.

In this episode Gregory Dobbs chats to writing team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French about the fundamentals of a psychological thriller, cultivating anxiety and uncertainty in their characters and the importance of a well made Negroni in the process of writing.


Garry Linnell on the serial killer who shocked the world in The Devil's Work


Born evil or simply mad? Frederick Bailey Deeming was known and reviled across three continents. He spent years travelling under various aliases, preying on the innocent, the gullible and the desperate.

The Devil's Work raises fresh questions about Deeming's role in the Whitechapel murders and the identity of Jack the Ripper. In an era when spiritualism and a fascination with the afterlife was rife, Deeming's story attracted some of the world's most powerful and influential people, including Australia's second Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin.

In this episode Gregory Dobbs chats to Garry Linnell about one of Australia's most notorious criminals, the attraction of the big stories and bringing history to life in The Devil's Work: How Australia hunted and hanged the serial killer who shocked the world: Jack the Ripper.