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Sun, 25 June


Better Read Than Dead

Summer Beach Launch with Amber Jakeman

Join Amber Jakeman as she celebrates the release her book, Summer Beach. Amber will be joined by Vanessa Gorman.

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Summer Beach Launch with Amber Jakeman
Summer Beach Launch with Amber Jakeman

Time & Location

25 June 2023, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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


About The Event

How can you find your way home  past a tripwire?

Sam’s an LA computer-coding workaholic. Jake’s a reluctant rockstar who denies his songwriting talent. When Sam returns to an Australian backwater to sell her family’s beach house, gruff neighbor Jake stymies her plans – then steals her heart. Beneath Sam’s house lies a tragic time bomb that will blow her world apart. With help from best friend Fliss and Jake, can Sam embrace her future – before it’s too late?

With readers in more than fifty countries, feel-good fiction author Amber Jakeman was a journalist, ghost writer and editor before succumbing to her addiction to uplifting endings. Amber's works explore serious themes such as sustainability, women’s empowerment, homelessness, addiction, grief and trauma, with a light touch and positive resolutions. Amber’s five-book House of Jewels series follows the fortunes of three generations of the fictitious Huntley family of jewellers in Australia, the US and France. Summer Beach is the first book of her Escape to the Coast 

Amber Jakeman warmly acknowledges Australia’s First Nations People, our first storytellers. Amber appeared recently at Book Fair Australia and the Australian Romance Readers Association “romantic rendezvous” in Sydney and Melbourne, and is available for author talks at libraries, book clubs, writers’ festivals and more. 

Vanessa Gorman has produced for Australian Story on and off for 20 years. She made the ground breaking episode about Rugby League coach Wayne Bennett, actor Garry McDonald and the background story of Brisbane woman Sally Faulkner, who was sensationally arrested in Lebanon with a 60 Minutes crew trying to retrieve her children. She has also directed four documentaries including the acclaimed video diary Losing Layla about the birth and death of her baby daughter. Vanessa is also an accomplished journalist and writer and has written numerous feature articles. She began her career travelling the world producing stories for the science and technology TV program Beyond 2000.


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    This ticket includes a copy of Summer Beach




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