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Allee Richards: Small Joys of Real Life

Set in inner-city Melbourne, Allee Richards’ just-released debut novel Small Joys of Real Life is already being described as a 21st-century Monkey Grip. Dealing with friendship, grief, self-absorption and desire, this contemporary work has been chosen as the inaugural title in the 2021 Melbourne City Reads initiative being supported by CBD bookshops, the City of Melbourne and the Victorian government.

Join Richards as she and Jacinta Parsons, Afternoons presenter with ABC Radio Melbourne, discuss the novel, its diverse cast of characters and the choices that its twenty-something protagonist, Eva, must make to find joy and meaning in life.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival and supported by the City of Melbourne, Victorian Government and ABC Radio Melbourne

Allee Richards: Small Joys of Real Life


Portrait of Allee Richards

Allee Richards

Allee Richards is a theatremaker and fiction writer from Melbourne. Her short stories have been published by Kill Your Darlings, Overland and Black Inc. Her debut novel, Small Joys of Real Life, was shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and is now out with Hachette.

Portrait of Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, writer, speaker and author of memoir Unseen: The secret life of chronic illness. She is an ambassador for the Crohn’s and Colitis Association of Australia. She currently hosts Afternoons on ABC Melbourne, delivering a popular mix of art, culture and ideas.

Melbourne City Reads

This spring, we’re presenting Melbourne City Reads: a celebration of local literary culture and the authors who shape it. Rediscover the world through writers’ eyes at monthly events, featuring authors discussing their new books.

Supported by the City of Melbourne, Victorian Government and ABC Radio Melbourne


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