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Sat, 22 Apr


Better Read Than Dead

Afternoon Tea with Amanda Hampson

Join Amanda Hampson for an afternoon with tea, champagne and cakes to celebrate the release of The Tea Ladies. Amanda will be in conversation with Michelle Barraclough.

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Afternoon Tea with Amanda Hampson
Afternoon Tea with Amanda Hampson

Time & Location

22 Apr 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

They keep everyone's secrets, until there's a murder...

Sydney, 1965: After a chance encounter with a stranger, tea ladies Hazel, Betty and Irene become accidental sleuths, stumbling into a world of ruthless crooks and racketeers in search of a young woman believed to be in danger.

In the meantime, Hazel’s job at Empire Fashionwear is in jeopardy. The firm has turned out the same frocks and blouses for the past twenty years and when the mini-skirt bursts onto the scene, it rocks the rag trade to its foundations. War breaks out between departments and it falls to Hazel, the quiet diplomat, to broker peace and save the firm.

When there is a murder in the building, the tea ladies draw on their wider network and put themselves in danger as they piece together clues that connect the murder to a nearby arson and a kidnapping. But if there’s one thing tea ladies can handle, it’s hot water.

Amanda Hampson grew up in rural New Zealand. She spent her early twenties travelling, finally settling in Australia in 1979 where she now lives in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Writing professionally for more than 20 years, she is the author of two non-fiction books, numerous articles and novels The Olive Sisters, Two for the Road, The French Perfumer, The Yellow Villa, Sixty Summers and Lovebirds.

Michelle Barraclough is a writer and podcaster whose first novel was Highly Commended in the 2017 Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. She is currently working on her second novel in between deep dive interviews with authors about writing craft and process on her monthly podcast Writers Book Club. In her day job, Michelle designs gorgeous websites for authors at Fresh Web Design.


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    This ticket includes discounted tea and treats, with a copy of The Tea Ladies

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