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Fri, 17 June


Better Read Than Dead

Author talk with Ashley Goldberg

Join Ashely Goldberg and James Bradley as they discuss the release of Ashely's new book, Abomination.

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Author talk with Ashley Goldberg
Author talk with Ashley Goldberg

Time & Location

17 June 2022, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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


About The Event

A compelling and compassionate debut novel about friendship, love, family, faith, and identity.

Shortlisted for the 2020 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.

Abomination follows atheist Ezra and ultra-Orthodox rabbi Yonatan, estranged friends whose lives reconnect following a protest calling to extradite a child-sex predator from Israel – Rabbi Hirsch, a teacher at Yahel Academy, the school they attended twenty years ago. 

The novel is a story of dichotomy, of two men, once inseparable, who have lived very different lives – one a life of faithful observance, the other of growing faithlessness. Bound by friendship but separated by the consequences of a terrible violation – everything they thought they knew is challenged as both characters wrestle with issues of faith, fidelity, sexuality and identity as they search for meaning and purpose.

About Ashely

Ashley Goldberg is an Australian writer based in Melbourne. His fiction has appeared in New Australian Fiction 2021, Meanjin, Chiron Review, The Honest Ulsterman and Award Winning Australian Writing among other publications. Ashley has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and a Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing from Canberra University. His work has been shortlisted, longlisted, and anthologized in numerous competitions worldwide, including the 2017/18 Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize and the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In 2019, Ashley was a fellow at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre and a finalist for the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize. Abomination was shortlisted for the 2020 Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award.

About James

James Bradley is an author and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus and The Penguin Book of the Ocean.


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