top of page

Thu, 05 Sept


Better Read Than Dead

Wolfe Island - Lucy Treloar in conversation with Melanie Kembrey

Wolfe Island is the remarkable new novel from Miles Franklin shortlisted author Lucy Treloar. Wolfe Island will blow you away. Lucy will be joined in conversation with Melanie Kembrey.

Registration is Closed
See other events
Wolfe Island - Lucy Treloar in conversation with Melanie Kembrey
Wolfe Island - Lucy Treloar in conversation with Melanie Kembrey

Time & Location

05 Sept 2019, 6:30 pm

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


About The Event

We're thrillled to host Lucy Treloar, the Miles Franklin-shortlisted author of Salt Creek, to celebrate the release of Wolfe Island. It's a remarkable new work that is like Barkskins meets The Road. It will blow you away. 


Lucy will be joined in conversation with Melanie Kembrey.


About the Book

Wolfe Island is the story of Kitty Hawke. The last inhabitant of a dying island sinking into the wind-lashed Chesapeake Bay, Kitty has resigned herself to annihilation. Until one night her granddaughter blows ashore in the midst of a storm, desperate, begging for sanctuary. 


For years, Kitty has kept herself to herself - with only the company of her wolfdog, Girl - unconcerned by the world outside, or perhaps avoiding its worst excesses. But blood cannot be turned away in times like these. And when trouble comes following her granddaughter, no one is more surprised than Kitty to find she will fight to save her as fiercely as her name suggests...


A richly imagined and mythic parable of home and kin that cements Lucy Treloar's place as one of our most acclaimed novelists. Wolfe Island novel from the award-winning author of Salt Creek is Barkskins or The Son meets The Road...



'This lovely, atmospheric book sings of the inherent human drama, rising fragility of home-country and the recurrent need to flee and to protect. The journey told in this book is so evocative it will stay with the reader as an important literary fable of our period of history, in which a fraught world threatens all of us with flight, exile and bewilderment.' - Tom Keneally 


About the Author

Lucy Treloar is the author of the novel Salt Creek (2015), which won the Indie Award for Best Debut, the ABIA Matt Richell Award and the Dobbie Award, and was shortlisted for prizes including the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the UK's Walter Scott Prize. 


Lucy also won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific Region) and the 2013 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award. Her short fiction has been published in Sleepers, Overland, Seizure and Best Australian Stories, and her non-fiction in newspapers and magazines including The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Meanjin, and Womankind


A graduate of the University of Melbourne and RMIT, Lucy works as a writer of fiction and non-fiction, and as an occasional teacher and guest lecturer in creative writing. Lucy is currently undertaking a PhD and beginning work on her third novel. She lives in Melbourne with her family.


  • Event Ticket

    Your ticket to the event.

  • Event Ticket + Book

    Your ticket to the launch, plus a pre-ordered copy of Wolfe Island.




Share Event

bottom of page