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Sat, 07 Oct


Better Read Than Dead

An Afternoon with Charlotte Wood and Lucinda Holdforth

Join Charlotte Wood for an afternoon talk with tea, champagne and cakes to celebrate the release of Stone Yard Devotional. Charlotte will be in conversation with Lucinda Holdforth.

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An Afternoon with Charlotte Wood and Lucinda Holdforth
An Afternoon with Charlotte Wood and Lucinda Holdforth

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07 Oct 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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


About The Event

A deeply moving novel about forgiveness, grief, and what it means to be 'good', from the award-winning author of The Natural Way of Things and The Weekend.

A woman abandons her city life and marriage to return to the place of her childhood, holing up in a small religious community hidden away on the stark plains of the Monaro. She does not believe in God, doesn't know what prayer is, and finds herself living this strange, reclusive life almost by accident. As she gradually adjusts to the rhythms of monastic life, she ruminates on her childhood in the nearby town. She finds herself turning again and again to thoughts of her mother, whose early death she can't forget.

Disquiet interrupts this secluded life with three visitations. First comes a terrible mouse plague, each day signalling a new battle against the rising infestation. Second is the return of the skeletal remains of a sister who left the community decades before to minister to deprived women in Thailand - then disappeared, presumed murdered. Finally, a troubling visitor to the monastery pulls the narrator further back into her past.

With each of these disturbing arrivals, the woman faces some deep questions. Can a person be truly good? What is forgiveness? Is loss of hope a moral failure? And can the business of grief ever really be finished? 

Charlotte Wood is the author of ten books - seven novels and three non-fiction works. She has won the Stella Prize and the Prime Minister's Literary Award, among others, and her features and essays have appeared in The Guardian, New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Monthly, Saturday Paper and others. She lives in Sydney.

Lucinda Holdforth is a speech writer, speechwriting coach, and author. Her latest book, 21st Century Virtues, How They Are Failing Our Democracy, is due for release in August 2023. Lucinda's book about the art of speechwriting, Leading Lines: How to make speeches that seize the moment,  advance your cause, and lead the way  was released in 2019. 


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