Announcing Our Friday Night-In Special Guest: Graeme Simsion

Announcing Our Friday Night-In Special Guest: Graeme Simsion

FNI 2Friday 8th December at 8pm AEST, we are very excited to announce that regular couchers Fiona Higgins and Kylie Ladd will be joined by Graeme Simsion. He has written numerous bestsellers, including The Rosie Project, The Rosie Effect, and The Best of Adam Sharp, and most recently co-authored Two Steps Forward with Anne Buist.

On the panel he will be discussing his book The Best of Adam Sharpa novel about love, music, and coming to terms with the past.

Tune in to our Facebook page at 8pm this Friday to watch the live stream. You can ask questions or give an opinion in the comments section! You can find us here.

Fiona Higgins and Kylie Ladd will be talking about the two books they’ve both read lately: Under the Cold Bright Lights by Gary Disher and Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra.

Under the Cold Bright Lights by Gary Disher

Set in Melbourne, Under the Cold Bright Lights boasts an outstanding cast of characters ably led by Acting Sergeant Alan Auhl. When Auhl rides the tram into work, ‘generalised anxiety’ rides with him. He still lives with his ex-wife off and on and the chill between them is all the more arctic for occasional moments of warmth.

After more than half-a-decade sabbatical, Auhl has rejoined the force, taking over the Cold Case and Missing Persons Unit. While he may be just a ‘retread’ to his colleagues, the old cop who’s always free to back up young detectives for more urgent cases has a wealth of knowledge that makes him the perfect candidate to work on unsolved crimes and come up with new leads.

He may be burnt-out. He may be troubled. He may be old. But one thing’s for sure, Auhl will stick to these cases until justice is done. One way or another.

Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra

Anna Snoekstra’s Little Secrets is a riveting thriller with a dark mystery that is utterlycompelling right through to the last page. The latest book from an outstandingly talented Australian writer weaves a web of mystery through a small Australian town which is terrorised by a series of bizarre and horrific crimes. One ambitious journalist, disillusioned with her ordinary life will do anything to gain a reputation, even if it means bending the truth in her favour . . .

 

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                      Publisher details

                      The Best of Adam Sharp
                      Author
                      Graeme Simsion
                      Publisher
                      Text Publishing
                      Genre
                      Fiction
                      Released
                      19 September, 2016

                      Synopsis

                      Why we love it: We adored The Rosie Project, and Graeme Simsion’s new novel The Best of Adam Sharp is told in his unique writing style with eccentric characters you’ll love – and a playlist to guide you through.Adam Sharp has the comfortable life he wants. A stable (albeit boring) relationship with his partner Claire, a well-paid job in IT, and a weekly trivia night to look forward to each week – yet he doesn’t feel quite complete. While reading about Pete Best (the Beatles’ forgotten drummer), an email pops up, a simple message saying ‘Hi’ – from his long-lost love.Twenty-two years ago, Adam was working on a contract in Australia and playing piano part-time in a bar. Little did he know when a woman comes up to him, mascara running down her face, and requests a song, that a passionate affair with (married) Angelina Brown will begin. After six months together with his contract coming to an end, Angelina is torn between her husband and Adam, and gives him a choice – a choice he doesn’t take.In the present day, with Adam about to turn fifty, he is unable to shake off the nostalgia of what could have been. Did he choose wrong, all those years ago? When Angelina invites Adam to her holiday home in France for a week’s stay with Charlie (her second husband) and herself, Adam doesn’t refuse. How far will he go for a second chance? This is the kind of book that will make you reflect on marriage, life and love. Changing between the past and present flawlessly, we see two young lovers transition into middle-aged adults, both unhappy in some way with their current partners, and needing each other for self realization. There’s romance, but there’s also the harsh reality of making life choices that affect other people, and Simsion has us on the cusp of wishing for a happy ending while also wanting the right decision will be made.Graeme Simsion expresses the emotions of the characters and situations through a playlist specifically designed to be the book’s soundtrack. Adam Sharp is a piano player with a passion for music, and his song references allow us to see the love, pain, uncertainty and regret, as well as the progression of relationships beautifully and without words. It adds another layer to this quirky book and we get lost in the music – almost as much as we did in the story.Graeme Simsion is a Melbourne-based writer of short stories, plays and screenplays. The Rosie Project is his first novel. Starting out as a screenplay, it later won the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold in over thirty countries. He lives in Fitzroy Melbourne with his wife.Click here for an extract or click here to hear the playlist for yourself!Watch our live interview with Graeme below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzRY8VP-Sl8 
                      Fiona Higgins
                      About the author

                      Fiona Higgins

                      Fiona Higgins is the author of four novels - An Unusual Boy, Fearless, Wife on the Run and The Mothers’ Group - and a memoir, Love in the Age of Drought. Her novels have been translated internationally in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain and Estonia.

                      Outside of writing, Fiona has tertiary qualifications in the humanities, social sciences and Indonesian Studies, and a longstanding career in the Australian not-for-profit sector. Over the past twenty years, she has worked with organisations specialising in international development, youth at risk, rural and regional issues and youth mental health.

                      She is a founding director of Australian Philanthropic Services (APS), which inspires effective philanthropy and provides education and practical support for individuals and advisers. A passionate advocate for positive education strategies to support youth mental wellbeing, Fiona is a volunteer Crisis Support Worker on Australia’s national crisis and suicide hotline, Lifeline.

                      She lives in Sydney and enjoys ocean swimming, early morning runs and arguing about Monopoly with her three children.

                      Books by Fiona Higgins

                      Graeme Simsion
                      About the author

                      Graeme Simsion

                      Graeme Simsion is a Melbourne-based writer of short stories, plays and screenplays. The Rosie Project is his first novel. Starting out as a screenplay, it later won the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and has since been sold in over thirty countries.

                      Books by Graeme Simsion

                      Kylie Ladd
                      About the author

                      Kylie Ladd

                      Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Age, Griffith Review and O magazine, among others, and she is a regular contributor to the popular MamaMia website. Kylie's first novel, After the Fall, was published in Australia, the US and Turkey. Her other novels are Last Summerwhich was highly commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award for fiction, Into My Arms, chosen as one of Get Reading’s ‘50 books you can’t put down’ for 2013, and her latest, Mothers and Daughters. She holds a PhD in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

                      Books by Kylie Ladd

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