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High Tea with Kelly Doust

High Tea with Kelly Doust

Date: 28 May 2016
Time: 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Cost: $15.0
Venue: Upstairs at Better Read

Join Kelly Doust, bestselling author of Crafty Minx and A Life in Frocks, as she celebrates the publication of her first novel – Precious Things over a high tea of sweets, scones, champagne and sandwiches. Inspired by Kelly’s life-long love of all things vintage, Precious Things tells the story of an embroidered collar - a wonderful, glittering beaded piece - and its journey through the decades. It’s also a novel about desire, marriage and family, telling the story about how we so often reach out for the sparkly, shiny things (and people) we desire, only to realise - in the nick of time - that the most precious things are the ones we've had with us all along.

Talking Heads with Chris Allen

Talking Heads with Chris Allen

Date: 31 May 2016
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Newtown Library

'The safety catch is off. Return that girl to her family and drag those bastards back to justice. Dead or alive. It makes no difference to me.'

Alex Morgan - policeman, soldier and spy for Intrepid, the black-ops division of Interpol - is on the hunt for Serbian war criminals. But these guys were never going to let it be easy. An assassination attempt is made on the presiding judge of the international criminal tribunal. Days later, the judge's daughter, the famous and beautiful classical pianist Charlotte Rose, vanishes.

The girl is not just a pretty face. She's the goddaughter of Intrepid's veteran commander, General Davenport. It's up to Morgan and the team to track the kidnappers and the missing woman before the very fabric of international justice is picked apart. Part James Bond and part Jason Bourne, Alex Morgan must walk the line between doing the right thing and getting the job done. This time, he's got permission to make it personal.

Join Chris for a talk and signing at Newtown Library as he discusses Hunter and his other work.


Wood Green Book Launch

Wood Green Book Launch

Date: 01 Jun 2016
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Upstairs at Better Read

Please join us for the launch of Sean Rabin’s debut novel Wood Green – a deftly executed exploration of literary ambition and the perils of artistic legacy.

Wood Green will be launched by Bernard Zuel, senior music writer for The Sydney Moring Herald, so come along to Better Read Than Dead to welcome this new literary talent.

About the book:
Every twenty years Lucian Clarke must return to Wood Green – a small town on the side of Mt. Wellington, overlooking the city of Hobart. Nestled amongst ancient trees, facing Antarctic winds, with only a pub and local shop for distraction, Lucian surrounds himself with books, music and the finest marijuana money can buy as he prepares to write his next novel. This time, however, he cannot do it alone. Lucian must enlist the help of Michael, an academic determined to become a writer at any cost.

Interwoven with the shifting power relationship between writer and novice are the other residents of Wood Green – the local publican, the unhappily married couple that run the general store, a newcomer from Johannesburg with a murky past, and a determined ex-girlfriend – all facing their own issues of love and sacrifice as they endeavour to secure the life they desire.

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