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Sat, 23 Sept


Better Read Than Dead

An Afternoon with Clare Fletcher

Join Clare Fletcher for an afternoon talk with tea, champagne and cakes to celebrate the release of Love Match. Clare will be in conversation with Amber Jakeman.

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An Afternoon with Clare Fletcher
An Afternoon with Clare Fletcher

Time & Location

23 Sept 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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


About The Event

A new romantic comedy from the author of Five Bush Weddings.

In a town like South Star, everyone knows Sarah Childs’ name, face, entire history… and the fact she’s just been dumped by Johnno West.

Sarah would happily keep to herself on their property, Dunromin, for the rest of her days. But now her parents are refusing to put her in charge until she spends a year getting more involved in the local community and, yes, dating. Well. She’ll show them community spirit. She’ll be Miss bloody South Star if that’s what it takes. How hard can it be?

Under small-town surveillance Sarah rekindles neglected friendships and throws herself in the dating deep end (recruiting the Bush Telegraph, Mabel Peters, to matchmake for her). She joins a new women’s rugby team, the Pink Cockatoos, and even the bristly new cop in town, Sergeant Smith, can't slow Sarah's race to keep up appearances as the perfect daughter, citizen and girlfriend.

As Sarah moves in with Mabel to help catalogue her vast wardrobe – bringing up memories of Mabel’s beauty pageant past and long-lost friend Rose – vintage fashion might not be all that comes out of the closet.

Wonderfully funny and very Australian, Love Match is a story about learning a new game, figuring out who you are, and maybe even finding real love.

Clare Fletcher was born and raised in St George, Queensland, and studied journalism and business at QUT in Brisbane. After graduating, she moved to Sydney for an internship at the Walkley Foundation for Journalism, and except for a couple of years spent freelancing and falling in love in New York, she’s been there ever since. Clare lives in Sydney with her husband and daughter.

Amber Jakeman was a journalist, ghost writer and editor before succumbing to her addiction to uplifting endings and now writes feel-good fiction. She writes from her tiny apartment on the edge of Sydney Harbour, creating wholesome historical and contemporary heart-warmers — sweet romance with an international flavour. Amber also enjoys time with family and friends, sailing with her husband, travel, walking and savouring other writers’ creations.


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