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Anna Krien and Favel Parrett

For October’s Double Booked Club, we’ll hear from two acclaimed Australian authors, whose new works of fiction take readers to distant corners of the globe … and back again.

Act of Grace is the first novel from celebrated journalist Anna Krien. It’s a series of interconnected narratives, featuring an Australian soldier returned from Baghdad and a young musician fleeing Saddam Hussein. It’s a highly anticipated and original book, about inheritance and trauma.

There Was Still Love is the thrilling new novel from Favel Parrett; one that also arrives with a high degree of anticipation. Favel is the Miles Franklin-shortlisted author of Past the Shallows and When the Night Comes. Her new book traverses Prague and Melbourne during the tumultuous 20th Century. It’s a profound and moving story about family and loyalty.

Meet two brilliant Australian writers for a fascinating lunchtime conversation.

Can’t make it in person? Watch and participate from wherever you are – the event will be live-streamed on this page, and you can sign up for a reminder here.

Readings will be our bookseller for this event.



Portrait of Anna Krien

Anna Krien

Anna Krien is an award-winning Melbourne-based journalist, essayist, ction writer and poet. She is a 2018 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow. Her first book, Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests, won theLiterary Award for Advancing Public Debate in the 2011 QLD Premier’s Literary Awards and the People’s Choice Award in the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her second book, Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport, won the 2014 Davitt Award for Best True Crime Book, the 2014 Cross British Sports Book Awards’ New Writer of the Year Award, the 2014 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Non-fiction Book Award and the Stella Prize. 

Portrait of Favel Parrett

Favel Parrett

In 2011, Favel Parrett's career was launched with her critically acclaimed debut Past the Shallows. A heart-breaking novel, it was sold internationally, shortlisted in the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. Favel herself won the ABIA Newcomer of the Year Award in 2012. Her next novel, When the Night Comes, was also critically acclaimed and further consolidated Favel's reputation with booksellers and readers. Favel's short stories have been published in various journals including IslandGriffith Review and Wet Ink. There Was Still Love is Favel's eagerly awaited third novel.

Portrait of Jaclyn Crupi

Jaclyn Crupi

Jaclyn Crupi is a bookseller, specialising in fiction, at Hill of Content Bookshop in Melbourne and a freelance book editor and project manager. She has written several children’s books ranging from board books for babies to series fiction for middle graders to craft kits for tweens and teens.


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Double Booked Club

Need more fiction in your Fridays? Double Booked Club is for you.

For each of these monthly lunchtime sessions, we’ll bring together two great local fiction authors to discuss their work. They'll start with a chat about their latest books, before meandering off into conversation about backlists, shared themes and literary heroes.  

Ahead of each event, ticket bookers will receive some reading material relating to the books in question – and each discussion will be live-streamed for those playing at home (or work!).

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