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Caroline O’Donoghue: The Rachel Incident


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Soar to the dizzyingly high stakes of young love with bestselling Irish author Caroline O’Donoghue.

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About the Event

‘A joyful whiplash of friendship and secrets, of love and betrayal, of ugly rentals and beautiful summers.’

Caroline O’Donoghue, bestselling author and host of the award-winning podcast Sentimental Garbage, arrives in Melbourne to discuss her new novel.

Set in Ireland against the backdrop of the post-economic crash of 2009, The Rachel Incident delves into the realm of youthful yearnings, early adulthood, and the bittersweet transition from carefree student to responsible professional.

Join O’Donoghue and host Abigail Ulman live at the Wheeler Centre as they discuss the danger and delight of youthful dalliances, and the great love story of enduring friendship.


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About the Book

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

About Spring Fling

Spring Fling returns in 2023, and this year we’re going Above and Beyond.

We’re looking further, delving deeper, and asking bigger questions with outstanding thinkers who are reshaping our world and envisioning extraordinary futures.

Spring Fling is supported by the Victorian State Government.


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Caroline O'Donoghue

Caroline O’Donoghue is a novelist, podcaster and screenwriter. All Our Hidden Gifts, her fantasy series for Young Adults, is a New York Times bestseller and The Rachel Incident is being adapted for television by Universal Studios. Caroline’s podcast Sentimental Garbage charts internationally and... Read more

Abigail Ulman

Abigail Ulman is a writer from Melbourne. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction from Stanford University, and a winner of the Best Young Australian Novelist Award. Her debut short story collection Hot Little Hands has been published in Australia and abroad. ... Read more


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