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Thu, 22 June


Better Read Than Dead

The Days Toppled Over Launch with Vidya Madabushi

Join us with Vidya Madabushi to celebrate the release of The Days Toppled Over. Vidya will be joined by Saman Shad.

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The Days Toppled Over Launch with Vidya Madabushi
The Days Toppled Over Launch with Vidya Madabushi

Time & Location

22 June 2023, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

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


About The Event

The most unexpected friendships really can transform your life.

Set between Bangalore and Sydney, The Days Toppled Over is a powerful exploration of mental health, family and the lives of international students in Australia. With a rich sense of place, a memorable cast of characters, and a good dose of humour, it illuminates how we all need friends and contact with other humans – and how these simple things can result in transformation.

Vidya Madabushi is an Indian writer living in Sydney. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney, and her first novel, Bystanders, was published in India in 2015. Bystanders was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize, and a previous version was longlisted for the Australian Vogel Award. In 2018, Vidya received the Writing NSW Grant for Fiction for the creation of this novel. The Days Toppled Over is her Australian debut.

Saman Shad is a writer, editor, journalist and teller of stories. Much of her work is inspired by her experiences as a third culture kid, growing up and living in Pakistan, the Middle East, the UK and Australia. Her writing credits span mediums, including radio scriptwriting for the BBC in the UK and the ABC in Australia, and playwriting, with works commissioned by theatres across London and Sydney. She is currently working as a screenwriter on a number of upcoming projects. The Matchmaker is her debut novel.


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