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Sat, 06 May


Better Read Than Dead

Afternoon Tea with Belinda Alexandra

Join Belinda Alexandra for an afternoon with tea, champagne and cakes to celebrate the release of Emboldened. Belinda will be in conversation with Claudine Tinellis.

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Afternoon Tea with Belinda Alexandra
Afternoon Tea with Belinda Alexandra

Time & Location

06 May 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:43 pm

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


About The Event

How do you begin your life again when you’ve lost everything you’ve worked for and your dreams have been shattered?

That was the question beloved Australian author Belinda Alexandra faced one freezing winter night when she ran from her home in terror, clutching only her wallet, her phone and her latest manuscript on a USB stick.

To pull herself up from rock bottom, Belinda drew strength from the real life women who had inspired her bestselling historical fiction: her mother, Tatiana Morosoff, a White Russian who had fled a home more than once due to wars and revolutions; Virginia Hall, an American who lost her leg in an accident but went on to become one of the most revered Allied agents in World War II France; Carmen Amaya, who despite being born into abject poverty in Barcelona rose to become the greatest Flamenco dancer of all time; Edna Walling, who lost her own dream home in a freak fire but created garden designs that made her one of Australia’s most celebrated landscape designers. They were women who had faced seemingly insurmountable challenges and found ways to forge ahead on their own terms.

In a compelling and exquisite blend of memoir and history, Belinda shows readers that, no matter what challenge they might be facing, there is always the possibility of building a bold life full of meaning again from the ashes.

Belinda Alexandra has been published to wide acclaim in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Hungary and the United States. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Australian father and has been an intrepid traveller since her youth. Her love of other cultures is matched by her passion for her home country, Australia, where she is a volunteer rescuer and carer for the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES). An animal lover, Belinda is also the patron of the World League for the Protection of Animals (Australia).

Claudine Tinellis is a Sydney-based author, podcaster and presenter. A former corporate lawyer, Claudine ventured into the world of publishing in 2014 as the editor of ‘Coastal Chef: Culinary Art of Seaweed & Algae in the 21st Century’ and in the years since has dedicated herself to writing fiction.Claudine is also the host and producer of ‘Talking Aussie Books’ – a popular podcast bringing readers and writers of Australian fiction together. With more than 200 different authors interviewed to date, Talking Aussie Books has been ranked number one Australian reading and writing podcast (Feedspot) for 2022 and 2023.


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