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Alice Pung

This event originally scheduled to take place on Friday 4 June was postponed in response to current health advice and the restrictions on public events. 

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‘One hundred days. It’s no time at all, she tells me. But she’s not the one waiting.’

Alice Pung is one of Australia’s most beloved writers, known for her bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, as well as the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia. Her young adult novel, Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Now, Pung is back with a brand new and equally compelling story. Her new novel, One Hundred Days, examines a complex mother-daughter relationship. When sixteen-year-old Karuna discovers she is pregnant, her overprotective mother confines her to their fourteenth-storey housing-commission flat. Brimming with honesty, fearlessness and heart, One Hundred Days asks: what separates love from control?

Join Pung over lunch at Montalto as she discusses this fractured fairytale with host Melanie Cheng. Please arrive at 12pm for a 12.30pm start.

Presented in partnership with Montalto.

The bookseller for this event is Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery.

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Portrait of Alice Pung

Alice Pung

Alice Pung is an award-winning Australian writer whose books include the bestselling memoirs Unpolished Gem (2006) and Her Father's Daughter (2011), and the novel Laurinda (2014). She is the editor of the anthology Growing Up Asian in Australia (2008), and created the Marly books for Penguin's Our Australian Girl series (2015). Her latest book is the novel One Hundred Days (2021).

Portrait of Melanie Cheng

Melanie Cheng

Melanie Cheng is a writer and general practitioner from Melbourne. She is the author of Australia Day, which won the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, and Room for a Stranger, which was longlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Award. Her non-fiction has been published in the Guardian, the Age, The Weekend Australian and SBS Online. She is The Saturday Paper's health columnist.

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Tickets: $120, plus $4.00 booking fee, inclusive of a two-course shared lunch, wine charged on consumption. Tickets and book (collected at event): $150, plus $4.00 booking fee.Book now

Books and Ideas at Montalto

You, a good book, a glass of wine, delicious food. Together as you were always meant to be. But with a wonderfully rich extra ingredient: a stimulating conversation with your favourite author.

From March to November, the literary meets the culinary at Books and Ideas at Montalto. Set in a stunning Red Hill winery on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – served with excellent food and wine, as a languorous lunchtime tips into a relaxed afternoon.

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