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Wed, 03 May


Better Read Than Dead

Obsession Launch: Nicole Madigan in-conversation

Join us with Nicole Madigan to celebrate the release of Obsession. Nicole will be in conversation with Suzanne Leal.

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Obsession Launch: Nicole Madigan in-conversation
Obsession Launch: Nicole Madigan in-conversation

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03 May 2023, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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


About The Event

A gripping blend of memoir, investigation and expert analysis, Obsession takes a deep dive into the disturbing phenomenon of stalking.

Journalist Nicole Madigan was stalked for over three years. The relentless and debilitating experience wreaked havoc in her personal and professional life, leaving her trapped in a constant state of fear and anxiety.

Nicole uses her own story as an entry point to examine the psychology behind stalking behaviours and their impact on victim-survivors. Whether by a stranger, acquaintance or former partner, stalking can have a devastating effect on a victim-survivor’s mental, social and financial wellbeing. At its worst, it can lead to physical violence, even death.

In this timely and compelling enquiry, Madigan explores the blurred lines between romantic interest and obsession, admiration and fixation. Through expert consultation and the personal stories of other victim-survivors, she analyses society’s attitude towards stalking and its role in popular culture, while highlighting the failings of the legal system in protecting victims.

Nicole Madigan has worked as a print journalist for New Limited and an on-air reporter and presenter with the Nine Network, filing stories for Brisbane program Extra, lifestyle show Weekend Extra and National Nine News. As a freelance journalist her work has been published in the AFR, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Courier Mail, Sunday Life, MiNDFOOD, and Mamamia.

Suzanne Leal is the author of novels Running with IvanThe Teacher’s Secret and The Deceptions, for which she won the Nib People’s Choice Prize and was shortlisted for the Davitt Awards and the Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award. Suzanne began her legal career as a criminal lawyer and is now a senior member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal. An experienced facilitator and host at community, corporate and literary events, Suzanne is the founder of Thursday Book Club, a relaxed, friendly book club connecting readers online. Suzanne’s new novel, The Watchful Wife, will be released in July.


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