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Thu, 10 June


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R.W.R’s beloved characters are back in Nancy Business. His debut, The Nancys, won the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel and was shortlisted for Best First Novel in the 2020 Ned Kelly Awards. We are delighted to host this conversation between R.W McDonald and Petronella McGovern.


Time & Location

10 June 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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About The Event

Described as a cosy queer crime, Nancy Business is filled with warmth, comedy, nostalgia, and optimism. At its core is a modern family that will pull at your heart strings, challenge your thinking and, above all, keep you thoroughly entertained.

This FREE event will take place on Zoom.

The Zoom meeting details form part of your ticket, emailed to you after registration.

About the Book

Nancy Business involves the same characters from The Nancys, but it can certainly be read as a standalone novel. There is a shocking crime to solve, and brand-new family challenges arise.

‘The Nancys is what you might get if you rolled Little Miss Sunshine, Dumplin' and CSI into a book-shaped ball and threw it into small-town NZ: funny and flamboyant but with real weight (and a dead body) at its centre. Fun, refreshing and surprisingly poignant.' – Anna Downes, author of The Safe Place

About the Author

R.W.R. McDonald (Rob) is an award-winning author, a Kiwi and Queer dad living in Melbourne with his two daughters and one HarryCat. His debut novel, The Nancys, won Best First Novel in the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards, as well as being a finalist in the Best Novel category. It was shortlisted for Best First Novel in the 2020 Ned Kelly Awards, and Highly Commended for an Unpublished Manuscript in the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. Nancy Business is his second novel, publishing in June 2021.

About the Moderator

Petronella McGovern is a writer and editor who grew up on a farm outside Bathurst, NSW. After working in Canberra for a number of years, she now lives on Sydney's northern beaches with her husband and two children. Petronella's bestselling first novel, Six Minutes was published in 2019 and The Good Teacher, her second novel, in 2020.


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