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Fri, 04 Aug


Better Read Than Dead

Viewer Discretion Advised Launch with Angus Stevens

Join us with Angus Stevens to celebrate the release of Viewer Discretion Advised. Angus will be in conversation with Geordie Williamson.

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Viewer Discretion Advised Launch with Angus Stevens
Viewer Discretion Advised Launch with Angus Stevens

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04 Aug 2023, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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


About The Event

Adam Robinson gives his life 2 stars. On paper it should be a box-office hit but it hasn’t lived up to the hype. He wants to recast the whole thing, starting with himself.

Heading back to Sydney after an eventful business trip, Adam discovers an app that allows him to enter the world of his favourite films. No longer typecast as ‘married man, father of two’, he can be whoever he wants.

From playing action heroes, to rom-com leading men, it’s a dizzying ride and the greatest experience of his life. Until he tries to log out...

With fast-talking narration and pop-culture obsession, Viewer Discretion Advised is a genre-hopping adventure reminiscent of great modern classics like High Fidelity and Ready Player One.

'Wry, disarming, and ruefully told, Viewer Discretion Advised is a novel of considerable charm and warmth. More than a Gen X nostalgia trip, this is a journey into the heart and mind of a middle-aged Everyman – a story that moves from wit to hard-won wisdom without missing a beat.' Geordie Williamson, Chief Literary Critic of The Australian.

Angus Stevens began his career writing, directing and producing television, documentaries, theatre and short films.

Following on from stints in London and LA he returned to Sydney and spent the next decade directing and producing celebrity news and live music TV, working with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift, while building online entertainment channels for Southern Cross Austereo and Nova Entertainment. In 2016 Angus shifted his focus to the creation of virtual and augmented reality experiences. He is now CEO and Co-Founder of Start Beyond, Australia’s leading VR and AR immersive learning studio. He lives in Sydney’s inner west with his film producer wife and their two children. This is his first novel.

Geordie Williamson is chief literary critic of the Australian and winner of the 2011 Pascall Prize for criticism.

His reviews and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and journals both here and in Britain, and he is a regular presence on ABC radio. Geordie studied law and English literature at the University of Sydney and University College London. He spent half a decade in the UK selling rare books and manuscripts before returning to Australia.

Geordie now lives in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney with his family. His book about neglected Australian authors, The Burning Library, is published by Text in October 2012.


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