The exhilarating debut novel from the award-winning author of Night Games. Australian soldier Toohey returns from Baghdad in 2003 with shrapnel in his neck, crippled by PTSD and white-knuckling life. In the Iraq of a decade earlier, aspiring pianist Nasim falls from favour with Saddam Hussein and his psychopathic son Uday, triggering a perilous search for safety. In Melbourne as the millennium turns, Robbie, faced with her father’s dementia and the family silences that may never find voice, tests boundaries. And in the present day, Gerry seeks toescape his father Toohey’s tyranny and heal its wounds. This is a searing, powerful and utterly original work by an exceptional Australian writer.
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A stunning new novel about longing, regret, redemption and the terrible legacy of decades of secrets buried in an Australian beachside suburb.
Acclaimed writer Malcolm Knox has written a classic Australian novel about the myths that come to define families and communities, and the lies that uphold them. Bluebird exposes the hollowness of the stories told to glorify a dying culture and shows how those who seek to preserve these myths end up being crushed by them.
Malcolm will be in conversation with author Charlotte Wood.
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
New York Times bestselling author of The Dry and former Geelong resident, Jane Harper, joins us to discuss her compelling new novel, The Survivors.
Protagonist Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away...
Jane is one of this country’s most popular authors so book early to avoid missing out on this great event!
Jane will be chatting with Kate Mildenhall, author of the newly released novel The Mother Fault.
Thursday, 8 October 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Godmothers is the highly anticipated new family drama from one of Australia's most beloved authors. Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, The Godmothers is a moving and perceptive story about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves. Monica McInerney is the author of ten internationally bestselling novels and Those Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year prize at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards.
Monica will be chatting with author Suzanne Leal, whose most recent novel The Deceptions has been shortlisted for the 2020 Nib Literary Award (winner announced on 12th November).
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Jack West Jr is back! Against all the odds, he found the Three Secret Cities but at a heartbreaking cost. With his rivals far ahead of him, Jack must now get to one of the five iron mountains - two of which have never been found - and perform a mysterious feat known only as 'The Fall'.
Matthew Reilly is the internationally bestselling author of the Scarecrow novels, the Jack West novels, and the standalone novels Contest, Temple, Hover Car Racer, The Tournament, Troll Mountain, The Great Zoo of China and The Secret Runners of New York. His books are published in over 20 languages, with worldwide sales of over 7 million copies.
He will be joining us from Los Angeles and chatting with author Neal Drinnan for this blockbuster online author event.
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm