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CHARLOTTE WOOD: Sunday 27 October

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The Weekend

Sunday 27 October
4pm

IN STORE

Tickets $35
includes a copy of the new book and wine on arrival

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Described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers, we are thrilled to welcome Charlotte Wood – winner of the 2016 Stella Prize for her best selling novel, The Natural Way of Things, which also won the Indie Book Award for Fiction and was joint winner of the Prime Minster’s Literary Award.  Her hotly anticipated new novel, The Weekend, is a celebration of tenderness and friendship and explores the question that, if we’re lucky, all of us will face: exactly how should we grow old?

Ticket price includes a copy of the new book, The Weekend, the presentation and wine on arrival.


 

About the Author…

Charlotte Wood has been described as one of Australia’s most original and provocative writers.

She is the author of six novels and two books of non-fiction. Her latest novel, The Natural Way of Things, won the 2016 Stella Prize, the 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, and has been published throughout Europe, the UK and North America. It was recently chosen as the University of Canberra Book of the Year for 2019.

Her non-fiction books include The Writer’s Room, a collection of interviews with authors about the creative process, and Love & Hunger, a book about cooking. Her features and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Literary Hub, The Sydney Morning Heraldand The Saturday Paper, among other publications.  In 2019 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant services to literature’.


 

About the Book…

THE WEEKEND coverThe Weekend
Release date: 15 October

People went on about death bringing friends together, but it wasn’t true. The graveyard, the stony dirt – that’s what it was like now.  They knew each other better than their own siblings, but Sylvie’s death had opened up strange caverns of distance between them.

Four older women with a lifelong friendship of the best kind: loving, practical, frank and steadfast. But when Sylvie dies, the ground shifts dangerously for the remaining three. Can they survive together without her?

They are Jude, a once-famous restaurateur, Wendy, an acclaimed public intellectual, and Adele, a renowned actress now mostly out of work. Struggling to recall exactly why they’ve remained close all these years, the grieving women gather for Christmas at Sylvie’s old beach house – not for festivities, but to clean the place out before it is sold. Without Sylvie to maintain the group’s delicate equilibrium, frustrations build and painful memories press in. Fraying tempers, an elderly dog, unwelcome guests and too much wine collide in a storm that brings long-buried hurts to the surface – and threatens to sweep away their friendship for good.

The Weekend explores growing old and growing up, and what happens when we’re forced to uncover the lies we tell ourselves. Sharply observed and excruciatingly funny, this is a jewel of a book, a celebration of tenderness and friendship that is nothing short of a masterpiece.

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