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Mon, 08 Aug


Better Read Than Dead + Zoom

Author talk with Holden Sheppard

Join Holden Sheppard and Nigel Featherstone in-conversation to celebrate the release of The Brink.

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Author talk with Holden Sheppard
Author talk with Holden Sheppard

Time & Location

08 Aug 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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


About The Event

A group of school-leavers: free at last, ready to party, expectations high.

A remote island on the Western Australian coast wasn’t exactly the plan, but they’re not going to let that hold them back.

Leonardo, geeky, asthmatic, shy and prone to anxiety, has landed with them. He’s terrified—he’s definitely not part of this cool gang. Super high-achiever Kaiya is trying to forget her frustration with her drug-addicted sister as well as dealing with pressure from the popular girls to lose her virginity. Mason, footy jock with the physique to match, is coming to terms with his secret desire for his best mate, Jared. And Jared wants a week off from his relationship with Val so he can have sex with as many girls as possible.

But the party takes a dangerous turn when Val is drugged and a man is later found dead on the beach. Blame, fear, mistrust, coverups, power plays and dark secrets tear the group apart and expose the deadly tensions beneath the surface. And each teen is forced to confront demons that will lead them either to devastating tragedy or transformative triumph.

Whoever survives the week will never be the same again.

The Brink is a raw, powerful novel that pulls no punches in its authentic exploration of masculinity, sexuality, mental health, drug and alcohol use, relationships and sex. Holden Sheppard takes the teenage experience to the next level.

About Holden

Holden Sheppard is an award-winning author born in Geraldton, Western Australia. His debut novel, Invisible Boys (Fremantle Press, 2019), was published to both critical and commercial success. It won the WA Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and was named a Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Invisible Boys is currently in production as a television series.

About Nigel

Nigel Featherstone is the author of Bodies of Men which was longlisted for the 2020 ARA Historical Novel Prize, Highly Commended for the 2020 ACT Book of the Year, shortlisted in the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards, and received a 2019 Canberra Critics Circle Award. Nigel lives on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales and spends considerable time in Canberra, the national capital of Australia. His new novel is My Heart is a Little Wild Thing is out now.

For those who would like to join us tonight on Zoom, here are the Zoom meeting details

Meeting ID: 814 1183 7368 - Passcode: 731957


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