Friday Night-In @ Better Reading

Friday Night-In @ Better Reading

slider-1Long week in the office? Just put the kids to bed? Want to wind-down this Friday night without even leaving your lounge room?

Cosy up with Aussie authors Fiona Higgins and Kylie Ladd on the Better Reading couch for a relaxing FRIDAY NIGHT IN.

Every month, Fiona and Kylie will be sharing a cup of tea, a Tim Tam (or two), their thoughts about two new-release fiction titles and other random bookish conversation… and they’d love you to join them.

This month’s books are Sanctuary by Judy Nunn and Sixty Seconds by Jesse Blackadder.

It starts Friday 13th October @ 8pm (AEST). Join their Facebook Live conversation to throw questions and comments into the mix.

Go on, you deserve it.

sixty-secondssanctuaryAbout the couchers

Fiona Higgins is the bestselling author of three novels, Fearless, Wife on the Run and The Mothers’ Group and a memoir, Love in the Age of Drought. She is published by Allen & Unwin and Pan Macmillan in Australia, with translations of her work sold into the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain and Slovenia. She has qualifications in the humanities and social sciences and has been involved in the Australian nonprofit and philanthropy sector for twenty years. Fiona lives in Sydney with her husband and three children.

Kylie Ladd has published five novels with Allen & Unwin: After the Fall (also published by Doubleday in the US), Last Summer, which 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, Mothers and Daughters (also published by Sphere in the UK) and her latest, The Way Back. With Leigh Langtree she edited the anthology Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity. Kylie holds a PhD in neuropsychology and lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children.

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                      Publisher details

                      Sixty Seconds
                      Author
                      Jesse Blackadder
                      Publisher
                      HarperCollins
                      Released
                      18 September, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      The Brennans - parents, Finn and Bridget, and their sons, Jarrah and Toby - have made a sea change, from chilly Hobart to subtropical Murwillumbah. Feeling like foreigners in this land of sun and surf, they're still adjusting to work, school, and life in a sprawling purple weatherboard, when one morning, tragedy strikes.In the devastating aftermath, the questions fly. What really happened? And who's to blame?Determined to protect his family, Finn finds himself under the police and media spotlight. Guilty and enraged, Bridget spends nights hunting answers in the last place imaginable. Jarrah - his innocence lost - faces a sudden and frightening adulthood where nothing is certain.Sixty Seconds is a haunting, redemptive story about forgiveness and hope.'A beautiful work. One of the most moving and artistically satisfying endings I've read in a long while' Susan Johnson, Courier Mail'An unflinching but tender exploration of what happens when the worst happens, this achingly beautiful novel broke my heart. And then put it back together' Wendy James, author'Powerful and captivating - a novel you will not forget' Eliza Henry-Jones.

                      Publisher details

                      Sanctuary
                      Author
                      Judy Nunn
                      Publisher
                      Random House
                      Genre
                      Australian Fiction
                      Released
                      16 October, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      In Judy Nunn's latest compelling novel, compassion meets bigotry, hatred meets love, and ultimately despair meets hope on the windswept shores of Australia.On a barren island off the coast of Western Australia, a rickety wooden dinghy runs aground. Aboard are nine people who have no idea where they are. Strangers before the violent storm that tore their vessel apart, the instinct to survive has seen them bond during their days adrift on a vast and merciless ocean. Refugees from wartorn lands, fate has cast them ashore with only one thing in common ...fear. Rassen the doctor, Massoud the student, the child Hamid and the others all fear for their lives. But in their midst is Jalila who appears to fear nothing. The beautiful young Yazidi woman is a mystery to them all. While they remain undiscovered on the deserted island, they dare to dream of a new life. But good things aren't meant to last ...Forty kilometres away on the mainland lies the tiny fishing port of Shoalhaven. The people who dwell there have opinions. Many and varied opinions. The refugees are about to become the centre of attention - and Shoalhaven a microcosm of Australia at large ...About the authorJudy Nunn's career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted. After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided in the 90s to turn her hand to prose.Her first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, set respectively in the worlds of television, theatre and film, became instant bestsellers, and the rest is history, quite literally in fact. She has since developed a love of writing Australian historically-based fiction and her fame as a novelist has spread rapidly throughout Europe where she is published in English, German, French, Dutch, Czech and Spanish.Her subsequent bestsellers, Kal, Beneath The Southern Cross, Territory, Pacific, Heritage, Floodtide, Maralinga and Tiger Menconfirm Judy's position as one of Australia's leading fiction writers.
                      Jesse Blackadder
                      About the author

                      Jesse Blackadder

                      Jesse Blackadder is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, freelance journalist and a budding screenwriter. Her novel THE RAVEN'S HEART won the Benjamin Franklin award for historical fiction (USA), and she was awarded an Antarctic Arts Fellowship for her novel CHASING THE LIGHT.

                      Books by Jesse Blackadder

                      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

                      Judy Nunn
                      About the author

                      Judy Nunn

                      Judy Nunn’s career has been long, illustrious and multifaceted. After combining her internationally successful acting career with scriptwriting for television and radio, Judy decided in the 90s to turn her hand to prose. Her first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, set respectively in the worlds of television, theatre and film, became instant bestsellers, and the rest is history, quite literally in fact. She has since developed a love of writing Australian historically-based fiction and her fame as a novelist has spread rapidly throughout Europe where she is published in English, German, French, Dutch, Czech and Spanish. Her subsequent bestsellers, Kal, Beneath the Southern Cross, Territory, Pacific, Heritage, Floodtide, Maralinga,Tiger Men,Elianne, Spirits of the Ghan, Sanctuary and Khaki Town confirmed Judy’s position as one of Australia’s leading fiction writers. She has now sold over one million books in Australia alone. In 2015 Judy was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her "significant service to the performing arts as a scriptwriter and actor of stage and screen, and to literature as an author."

                      Books by Judy Nunn

                      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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