Falling Out of Love with Ivan Southall
Australian Scholarly Press
At the age of nine, Gabrielle Carey fell in love with her favourite author. She wasn’t alone. Hundreds of thousands of other young readers also fell in love with Ivan Southall and many wrote him adoring fan mail.
What happens when a woman re-encounters the very first man she ever fell in love with? Especially if that man was someone she never met?
Part memoir, part literary biography, this book explores the intimate reader-writer relationship, a relationship that Ivan Southall described as ‘like a love affair’.