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Double Booked Club

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at The Wheeler Centre

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.


Double Booked Club: Anna Krien and Favel Parrett


Portrait of Anna Krien

Anna Krien

Anna Krien is the author of the award-winning Night Games and Into the Woods, as well as two Quarterly Essays, Us and Them and The Long Goodbye. Anna’s writing has been published in The Monthly, the Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue. In 2014 she won the UK William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and 2018 she received a Sidney Myer Fellowship. Act of Grace, her debut novel, is out now.

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.


Double Booked Club

Block out one Monday every month in your calendar. You're booked. Actually, you're Double Booked. 

In these sessions, we bring together two great local fiction authors for a leisurely, wide-ranging discussion of their new books, their backlists, their shared themes and each other's work.

Ahead of each event, ticket-bookers will receive some extra reading material relating to the books in question, so you can swot up in advance (you epic nerd). Can't make it? Watch from home with our live-stream.


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