July Book Club Panel

July Book Club Panel

13442287_10207167521010117_8546867795900124194_nOur next Better Reading Book Club Live on July 27 at 8pm AEST will discuss Out of the Ice, the second novel from Australian writer and filmmaker Ann Turner, and we have two great booklovers joining us on the couch – Suzanne Leal and Nicole Abadee!

Nicole Abadee - square tight lo rez'Suzanne Leal began her career as a criminal lawyer and has since held appointments to several tribunals, including the Refugee Review Tribunal. A former legal commentator on ABC Radio, Suzanne is an experienced interviewer at literary functions and events. She has been a judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and for ‘The Nib’ Waverley Library Award for Literature. Her first novel, Border Street, was commended in the Asher Literary Award. The Teacher’s Secret is her second novel.

Nicole Abadee is an ex-barrister who moved into the book industry to follow her passion some years ago. She worked first as an editor at Penguin Random House, and is now the books writer for The Australian Financial Review Magazine.  Nicole also runs her own business as a literary consultant, helping authors to polish their manuscripts and get published.

We look forward to seeing you for Book Club on our Facebook pageJuly 27 at 8pm AESThead here for more information, or here for Frequently Asked Questions.

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                      Publisher details

                      Out of the Ice
                      Author
                      Ann Turner
                      Publisher
                      Simon and Schuster
                      Genre
                      Thriller
                      Released
                      01 June, 2016

                      Synopsis

                      Why we love it:Ann Turner delivers another brilliant suspense novel with Out of the Ice, solidifying her position as one of Australia’s best thriller writers.  Turner has an unrivalled skill in creating intelligent characters and plots while at the same time evoking breathtaking settings that seamlessly transport her readers to another world.Laura Alvarado is an Australian marine biologist stationed in the stunning Antarctic studying whales and penguins.  When she is asked to undertake a special environmental impact study of a long-ago abandoned whaling station, the ghosts of Laura’s past catch up with her – fast.  Is her imagination working overtime (a bit ‘toasty’ perhaps – a common conditional among those stationed for too long ) or is the ice hiding unimaginable secrets?  As Laura delves deeper into this haunting and remote environment, nothing, and no one, are what they seem.  Now Laura needs to make sense of not only her painful past but also the deceptive present.[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9izns87J2E[/embed]In Out of the Ice, Antarctica is brilliantly recreated – Turner’s language allows us to visualise ourselves in these locations perfectly.  But could this world of white and blue, of vast and intense beauty and nature also be the perfect hiding place for the darker undercurrents of humanity?  Determined for the truth to emerge, Laura’s investigation takes her out of Antarctica and to the whaling town of Nantucket (near Boston) and from there to the undercurrents of a Venice flooded by the tide.A master of trickery, Turner employs cunning and clever devices in this irresistible book, leaving readers guessing until the very last pages.   Out of the Ice is ambitious in scope and Turner far exceeds expectations, delivering a compelling and enormously satisfying thrill ride.  But it is more than a perfectly crafted thriller; it’s a wonderful exploration of character, love, loss and redemption.Ann’s bestselling debut novel The Lost Swimmer, a psychological thriller about the consequences of love and trust was published in Australia and the UK and was long-listed for the 2016 Indie Book Awards – Debut Fiction. It has been optioned for film by producer Sue Maslin (The DressmakerJapanese Story) and Ann will write the screenplay. Before becoming a bestselling author Ann was in fact already acclaimed as a movie director.Ann’s films include the historical feature Celia starring Rebecca Smart, which Time Out listed as one of the fifty greatest directorial debuts of all time and was described by Janet Maslin in the New York Times as ‘transfixing, assured, extremely lucid’. Other films include Hammers Over the Anvil, an adaptation of Alan Marshall’s short stories for which Ann co-wrote the screenplay and directed, starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling and the psychological thriller Irresistible starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill and Emily Blunt, which was shortlisted for a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Film Script). (See our 2015 interview with Ann Turner: Filmmaker turns Thriller Writer)Start reading Out of the Ice here! Already finished? Click here for the Reading Group notes!Watch our live interview with Ann below:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZX6SV0arik

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