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ANNA KRIEN – ACT OF GRACE

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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.

  • Geelong Library and Heritage Centre Thursday, 31 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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JEN HUTCHISON – MOTHERLING: A WALK

Motherling is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming examination of the nature of grief, loss and processing the many confronting notions of what 'gone' means to a mother who has lost her adult child. Jen Hutchison walked with her son's ashes on the pilgrimage of Camino de Santiago in Spain as part of her commitment to coming to terms with her grief and finding herself and a future. This is a memoir of love, hope, grief and an 800 kilometre walk from unimaginable loss to peace of mind.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Belmont Library

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ELLIOT PERLMAN – MAYBE THE HORSE WILL TALK

Stephen Maserov has problems. To keep the job he hates, pay the mortgage and salvage his marriage, he will have to do something strikingly daring, something he never thought himself capable of. But if he’s not careful, it might be the last job he ever has. Warm, dramatic, and laugh-out-loud funny, with the narrative pull of a thriller, this is a love story and a reflection on contemporary marriage and friendship. Social novelist Elliot Perlman is a multi-award winning and national bestselling author.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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JOHN URQUHART – MEET JAPAN

Behind its western façade, Japan is still very much a country of ongoing traditions, business forms and culture. Inspired by a selection of letters written between 1974-85, Meet Japan is a journey of enlightenment. This session will interest anyone who is planning to visit Japan, study Japanese or who is interested in better understanding this fascinating culture.

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Leopold Library

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CHRISTIAN WHITE – THE WIFE AND THE WIDOW

Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter and told from two female perspectives, nothing on this island is quite as it seems. Only when these two women come together can they discover the whole story about the men in their lives. World-renowned local author and screenwriter Christian White's first novel, The Nowhere Child, was shortlisted for numerous major awards and sold in 16 territories around the world, including a major movie screen deal.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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SAMANTHA WOOD – UNDER TEN THOUSAND STARS

Samantha Wood’s third book, Under Ten Thousand Stars, is a psychological thriller about secrets and love. Set in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, it’s the story of Julia Falconer, an artist married to a successful winemaker. From the outside, it looks like Julia and Michael have it all but things are never as they seem. Samantha Wood is the author of The Bay of Shadows and Culua: My Other Life in Mexico.

Monday, 28 October 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Corio Library

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VIKKI WAKEFIELD – THIS IS HOW WE CHANGE THE ENDING

Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He hangs out at the local youth centre and fills his notebooks with things he can’t say. But when some of his pages are stolen, and his words are graffitied at the centre, Nate realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he? This is raw and real, funny and heartbreaking—a story about what it takes to fight back when you’re not a hero, from popular young adult author, Vikki Wakefield.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre