This week we throw back to just before the festival and relive a fabulous hour spent in the company of Martha Hall Kelly.

We talked weather, quokkas, kangaroos and how wonderful and strange language is between countries. Like how a jumper (winter long sleeved garment) is also the name for a sleeves vest.

Martha is the author of Lilac Girls, the runaway bestseller that spent over a year on the New York Times paperback chart and joined us all the way from Connecticut to talk about her new book Sunflower Sisters.

Inspired by true accounts, Sunflower Sisters provides a vivid look at the Civil War experience, from the barbaric and inhumane plantations to a war-torn New York City to the horrors of the battlefield.

It is a sweeping story of women caught in a country on the brink of collapse, in a society grappling with nationalism and unthinkable racial cruelty.

Martha is joined by our interviewer, Rosi Moore – Fiander.

Sunflower Sisters is published by Penguin