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Thu, 04 Aug


Better Read Than Dead

Electric and Mad and Brave - Book Launch

Join Tom Pitts and Clare Stephens in-conversation to celebrate the debut release of Electric and Mad and Brave.

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Electric and Mad and Brave - Book Launch
Electric and Mad and Brave - Book Launch

Time & Location

04 Aug 2022, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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


About The Event

You never forget your first love …

Electric and Mad and Brave is a beautiful story of young adulthood, of pain and a love so strong it can consume you, and what it means to come out the other side. 

Matt Lacey is in a mental health facility recovering from a breakdown. To work through his myriad of conflicting thoughts and feelings, he writes. He unwinds the story of his teenage years with the beautiful, impassive, fierce Christina. As Matt tries to unlock the secrets of his past, he has to learn, finally, to look directly at the pain and love that have made him what he is now.

Shamelessly wearing its heart on its sleeve, new voice Tom Pitts delivers a gripping debut. Electric and Mad and Brave is a heightened and technicolour story about the soaring joy, agonising pain and numbing nightmare of being young and hopelessly in love.

About Tom

Tom Pitts is a Melbourne-based writer, teacher, sound designer and musician. He studied performing arts at Monash University and was a founding member of indie theatre company AtticErratic and lead vocalist and songwriter for the rock band Harlots. Tom’s spare time has always been spent on stories: scripts and screenplays, monologues and eventually prose. Beginning life as two songs, ‘Elope’ and ‘Connie’, fourteen years ago, Electric and Mad and Brave is his first novel.

About Clare

Clare Stephens is a Sydney-based writer and editor. She's the former editor in chief at Mamamia - Australia's largest independent women's network, where she managed the editorial team. Now an executive editor, she hosts the comedy podcast Cancelled and regularly contributes opinion pieces and pop culture recaps.


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