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Fri, 24 May


Better Read Than Dead

Paul Morgan in-conversation with Vicki Forbes

Join us with Paul Morgan to celebrate the release of The Winter Palace! Paul will be joined by Vicki Forbes.

Paul Morgan in-conversation with Vicki Forbes
Paul Morgan in-conversation with Vicki Forbes

Time & Location

24 May 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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

About The Event

In 1939, Anton, a captain in the Polish army, says goodbye to his wife, Elisabeth. They make a vow that – whatever happens, however much time passes – they’ll meet again at the Winter Palace, their stately home in the Polish countryside.

The winds of war draw them far apart. Anton is captured and sent to Siberia as a POW. He eventually joins a lost army that battles through snowstorms and scorching deserts in Central Asia to find freedom. Anton survives, driven by his determination to join Elisabeth again. She, meanwhile, is forced to be the ‘mistress’ of a Nazi officer before escaping to join the Polish resistance.

As the war ends, Anton and Elisabeth are at the opposite ends of the world. Anton is in Australia. Elisabeth is in Poland, awaiting his return for months and then years. Will they ever meet again at the Winter Palace?

From 1930s Europe to present-day Australia, this is a sweeping story of love that cannot be broken by time, distance, war or even death.


PAUL MORGAN is the author of The Winter Palace as well as two previous novels, The Pelagius Book and Turner’s Paintbox, alsopublished by Penguin. He was born in London, educated at the University of Wales, where he studied Philosophy and English, and now lives in Melbourne, Australia.


VICKI FORBES is a communications advisor who has worked with some of Australia’s leading not-for-profit agencies. She is a longtime Newtown resident and booklover.


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    Includes a ticket and copy of The Winter Palace




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