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Set at the close of the 1970s and traversing thousands of kilometres of inland roads, Exploded View is a revelatory interrogation of Australian girlhood. Carrie Tiffany’s debut novel, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and won the Dobbie Award and the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction. Her second novel, Mateship with Birds, was also a remarkable success. Don’t miss this discussion of her third novel which poses the question: must a girl always be a part, and how can she become a whole?

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Sick of going overseas and enjoying himself, comedian Adam Rozenbachs takes his father on the trip of a lifetime to Europe. For his dad, it was a chance to return to the place he hasn’t seen since fleeing post-war Germany as an immigrant. For Adam, it was a chance to repay his dad for everything he’d given him in life. As it turned out, after three weeks of travel, Adam decided not killing his dad was more than enough repayment.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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Kitty Hawke, the last inhabitant of a dying island sinking into the wind-lashed Chesapeake Bay, has resigned herself to annihilation... Until one night her granddaughter rows ashore, desperate and begging for sanctuary. And when trouble comes following her granddaughter, no one is more surprised than Kitty to find she will fight to save her as fiercely as her name suggests. A richly imagined and mythic parable of home and kin that cements Lucy Treloar's place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.

Wednesday, 4 September 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre

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In a captivating mix of memoir and cultural critique, Dr Lee Kofman casts a questioning eye on the myths surrounding our conception of physical perfection and what it’s like to live in a body that deviates from the norm. Dr Lee Kofman is a Russian-born Israeli-Australian author of five books, editor of two anthologies, writing teacher and mentor based in Melbourne.

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The romantic comedy of the year, this is the story of Natalie: unsure of herself in the summer between high school and university. This book is for anyone who’s ever hidden in the bathroom at a party, or cringed inwardly at something they’ve said. It Sounded Better in My Head is a YA release that will appeal to women everywhere - it’s for the awkward teen in all of us! Nina Kenwood is the marketing manager at Readings Bookshop in Melbourne. It Sounded Better in My Head won the 2018 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. This is her first book.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Waurn Ponds Library

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All it took was a momentary lapse to bring Clementine Jones’ world crashing down. Now she’s living like a hermit in small-town Katinga, coaching the local footy club. And others are starting to ask questions. Clem’s not the only one with a secret, and as tension builds, the dark violence just below the town’s surface threatens to erupt. Author Sarah Thornton gave up her successful law career to live on a 43-foot sailing catamaran, exploring the world and writing novels.

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Motherlingis 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 Hutchinson 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.

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