Tue, 03 Mar | Better Read Than Dead

Wendy Lewis - Please Forgive Us Richard Hauptmann

Who is Richard Hauptmann? Why should he forgive us? Find out at this free event for book lovers looking for something a little out-of-left-field, as Wendy Lewis discusses her new short story collection 'Please Forgive Us, Richard Hauptmann' with Ashley Kalagian Blunt!

Time & Location

03 Mar 2020, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Wendy Lewis discusses her new short story collection, Please Forgive Us, Richard Hauptmann. 

Who is Richard Hauptmann? Why should he forgive us? And can a true crime writer write short stories? Find out at this free event for book lovers looking for something a little out-of-left-field.

Wendy is joined in conversation by author Ashley Kalagian Blunt. 

This is a FREE event. Drinks and nibbles provided.  

About the Book

Dusty Springfield’s voice rises from the grave. A Japanese swimming pool attendant waits patiently at the gates of heaven. And the green picnic blanket on the back seat of Carlo’s car just moved…

Bang bang. Slash slash. Crunch crunch.

A collection of retro short stories + other fantastical observations from a true crime writer.

Playful, unpredictable and occasionally pretty violent.

Please Forgive Us, Richard Hauptmann contains 16 sizzling short stories, 7 even shorter poems & 3 surreal pieces of average shortness all tenuously linked by a running commentary touching on Ned Kelly’s murderous side, chocolate shag pile carpet and the joys of pet goldfish.


"Wendy Lewis’s writing is taut, arresting and provocative. I couldn't stop turning the pages." – Timothy Daly, multi-award winning playwright.

"Confessional, dark, quirky; these pieces offer a little something for everyone." – Leigh Swinbourne, author of Shadow in the Forest.

About the Author

Wendy Lewis is a Sydney writer with a passion for true crime, Australian history and biography. She has written eleven books and has appeared on Channel 7 Sunrise, 2GB, Triple J and everything in between. She also writes for stage and musical theatre, notably her recent murder-mystery-with-a-twist The Devil’s Caress (Sydney, 2018). In the pipeline is a book about interpreters in the Australian legal system and the 2020 premiere of her wacky new musical Defeating Roger Federer at the New Theatre. 

Please forgive us, Richard Hauptmann combines Lewis’s trademark wit, absurdist humour and stark language and is her first collection of short stories. 

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