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Allee Richards: Small Joys of Real Life


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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

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Inc. Her debut novel, Small Joys of Real Life, was shortlisted for the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and i... Read more

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, writer and public speaker who currently hosts the Afternoon program on ABC Local Radio Melbourne. She released her debut memoir, Unseen: The Secret Life of Chronic Illness in 2020 and recently released her second book A Question of Age: Women, ageing and the forever... Read more

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