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Thu, 29 Feb


Better Read Than Dead

Mary-Lou Stephens in-conversation with Claudine Tinellis

Join us with Mary-Lou Stephens to celebrate the release of The Chocolate Factory! Mary-Lou will be joined by Claudine Tinellis.

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Mary-Lou Stephens in-conversation with Claudine Tinellis
Mary-Lou Stephens in-conversation with Claudine Tinellis

Time & Location

29 Feb 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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


About The Event

Love, friendship and dangerous secrets in the early years of Cadbury's Tasmanian factory.

It's 1921, and after years of working for Cadbury's at Bournville, Dorothy Adwell is on her way to a new adventure in the colonies, helping to establish the Firm's new Australian factory. A promotion and a fresh start are just what she needs after the horrors of the Great War and the loss of her beloved husband. During the long sea voyage, she meets Thomas and is immediately drawn to him. The war has left Thomas damaged, both mentally and emotionally, and Dorothy vows to help him - if only he will let her.

Maisie Greenwood is the oldest daughter of a war widow, living on a pittance in the Hobart suburb of the Glebe. Her mother's health is failing, and with two younger siblings depending on her the security of a job at the brand-new Cadbury's factory is a godsend. With Dorothy's mentorship and her budding romance with fellow worker Frank, life begins to look a little sweeter.

Cadbury's competitors have one goal: to steal the recipe for Dairy Milk, the most popular chocolate in the world. But the recipe is kept in a vault and the few who know it are legally bound to never divulge its secret. When chocolate spies target the new factory, Dorothy and Maisie become caught up in their plot. Can they protect the recipe, help those they love and fulfil their own dreams?

A tangled web of ambition and intrigue melts into a tale as delicious and rich as chocolate.

Our event space is wheelchair accessible via a stair lift. Please contact with any additional access requirements and/or questions.

Mary-Lou Stephens was born in Tasmania, studied acting at The Victorian College of the Arts and played in bands in Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney. Eventually she got a proper job - in radio, where she was a presenter and music director, first with commercial radio and then with the ABC. She received rave reviews for her memoir Sex, Drugs and Meditation (2013), the true story of how meditation changed her life, saved her job and helped her find a husband. The Australian called her debut novel, The Last of the Apple Blossom (2021), 'an outstanding historical novel about women and the secrets and burdens they carry.' Mary-Lou has worked and played all over Australia. Now she’s travelling the world, slowly, and writing, mostly.

Claudine Tinellis is a Sydney-based author, podcaster and presenter. A former corporate lawyer, Claudine ventured into the world of publishing in 2014 as the editor of ‘Coastal Chef: Culinary Art of Seaweed & Algae in the 21st Century’ and in the years since has dedicated herself to writing fiction.Claudine is also the host and producer of ‘Talking Aussie Books’ – a popular podcast bringing readers and writers of Australian fiction together. With more than 200 different authors interviewed to date, Talking Aussie Books has been ranked number one Australian reading and writing podcast (Feedspot) for 2022 and 2023.


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