The astonishing and little-known story Of Narcisse Pelletier, a French cabin boy shipwrecked on the Far North Queensland coast and saved by the local Uutaalnganu (Night Island people), with whom he lived for almost two decades. In Castaway, Robert Macklin weaves an unforgettable tale of a young man caught between two cultures in a time of transformation and violent upheaval. Robert is the author of 29 books, including Dark Paradise, Hamilton Hume – Our Greatest Explorer, and Dragon and Kangaroo – China and Australia’s shared history.
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Both entertaining and confronting, Ron’s Confessionsis not just autobiographical. It consists of a set of essays on author Ron Hedgcock’s discoveries and speculations about Asperger Syndrome.At the age of 83 he talks candidly about his married life, describing experiences with family, children, friends, therapists and cats.Ron is a retired professional actor, with many years of experience on the public platform, and on radio, television and film.
Thursday, 30 January 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
This novel explores the unsettling and extraordinary process of trying to bring a child into the world across borders of class, culture and nationality. A luminous and courageous story about the hopes and dreams we all have for our lives and relationships, and the often fraught and unexpected ways they may be realised.Angela Savage is an award-winning Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She is currently the Director of Writers Victoria.
Tuesday, 4 February 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre
At thirty, journalist Nicole Haddow had an unstable income, no financial plan and only credit-card debt to her name. But less than two years later she was a homeowner. In Smashed Avocado, Nicole explains the steps she took to purchase her own home, and interviews other people who have found diverse ways to enter the property market, including rentvesting, flipping, Airbnb, tiny homes and buying regionally.
Thursday, 6 February 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Geelong Library and Heritage Centre
Author and adventurer Heather Ellis shares stories and stunning images from her new book, ‘Timeless On The Silk Road : An Odyssey From London to Hanoi’. Based on her solo motorcycle journey along Central Asia’s fabled Silk Roads of antiquity, her stories are infused with a deep spiritual power and sense of wellbeing.
Saturday, 8 February 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Geelong West Library
In 1934, Melbourne’s Lord Mayor announced a London-to-Melbourne air race to celebrate his city’s centenary. The audacious plan captured imaginations across the globe. Sixty-four entrants from eleven countries signed up, but only twenty planes eventually took off on 20 October 1934. This heroic race, considered the greatest single sporting event in the history of aviation, is a tale of eccentric characters, daring deeds and sublime courage. Di Websdale-Morrissey’s page-turning account will have readers holding their breaths, just as the world did eighty-five years ago. Image by Brian Randall Photography
Sunday, 16 February 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Queenscliff Uniting Church
A candid memoir looking back over a tumultuous life, from becoming an orphan and ward of the state at two years of age after her father’s murder, to becoming an abandoned wife in Melbourne with young children wholater struggle with drug, alcohol and mental health issues. The personal struggles she experienced along the way are all testimony to author Joan Atherton Hooper’s resilience and courage.
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Ocean Grove Library