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Sun, 16 July


Better Read Than Dead

An Afternoon with Pip Williams and Kate Forsyth

Join Pip Williams for an afternoon talk with tea, champagne and cakes to celebrate the release of The Bookbinder of Jericho. Pip will be in conversation with Kate Forsyth.

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An Afternoon with Pip Williams and Kate Forsyth
An Afternoon with Pip Williams and Kate Forsyth

Time & Location

16 July 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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


About The Event

What is lost when knowledge is withheld?

In this beautiful novel from the internationally bestselling author of The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams explores another little-known slice of history seen through women’s eyes. Evocative, subversive and rich with unforgettable characters, The Bookbinder of Jericho is a story about knowledge – who gets to make it, who gets to access it, and what is lost when it is withheld.

Pip Williams was born in London, grew up in Sydney, and now lives in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia with her family and an assortment of animals. She has spent most of her working life as a social researcher, studying what keeps us well and what helps us thrive. She is the author of One Italian Summer, a memoir of her family’s travels in search of the good life, which was published by Affirm Press to wide acclaim. Her first novel, The Dictionary of Lost Words, based on her original research in the Oxford English Dictionary archives, was published in 2020 and became an international bestseller. The Bookbinder of Jericho is her second novel and again combines her talent for historical research and beautiful storytelling.

Dr Kate Forsyth is an award -winning author, poet, and storyteller.  Her most recent novel is The Crimson Thread, a

reimagining of ‘The Minotaur in the Labyrinth’ myth set in Crete during the Nazi invasion and occupation of World War II. Other historical novels include Beauty in Thorns, a reimagining of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ told in the voices

of four women of the Pre-Raphaelite circle of artists and poets; The Wild Girl, the story of the forbidden romance behind the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales which was named Most Memorable Love Story of 2013; and Bitter Greens, a reinvention of ‘Rapunzel’ which won the 2015 American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction.


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