TLF ID R9794
This is an edited sound recording of the best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough discussing the importance of research for a writer. McCullough explains that research for her own 'Masters of Rome' series of novels involved reading 'literally hundreds' of books by both modern and ancient writers. She stresses that she found the research 'a joy to do', and suggests that any writer who thinks it would not be joyful should avoid writing that requires research because the research would be 'sloppy'. The recording was made in July 2008.