Double Booked Club

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at The Wheeler Centre

Carrie Tiffany and Peggy Frew

How do family dynamics shape us and warp us? What do we expect of mothers and daughters? At our second monthly talk in the Double Booked series, we’ll ask two acclaimed literary authors: Carrie Tiffany and Peggy Frew. Both have new novels about families in crisis.

Tiffany won the Stella Prize in 2013 for her second book, Mateship with Birds. Her new book, Exploded View, is a dark story of family sabotage in 1970s Australia. Peggy Frew won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2010, for her first novel, House of Sticks. Her third novel, Islands, is about a missing teenage girl.

At the Wheeler Centre in April, the pair will discuss Australian girlhood and family ties with host Rebecca Harkins-Cross.

Ahead of the event, we’ll send you some readings to get you started. Can’t make it in person? Watch and participate from wherever you are – the event will be live-streamed below.


Hill of Content will be our bookseller for this event.

Double Booked Club: Carrie Tiffany and Peggy Frew


Portrait of Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany

Carrie Tiffany was born in West Yorkshire and grew up in Western Australia. She spent her early twenties working as a park ranger in Central Australia. Her first novel, Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living (2005), was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Guardian First Book Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and won the Dobbie Award and the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction. 


Portrait of Peggy Frew

Peggy Frew

Peggy Frew's first novel, House of Sticks, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer, and was shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing. Hope Farm, her second novel, won the Barbara Jefferis Award, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. 

Portrait of Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a Melbourne-based nonfiction writer and critic. Her award-winning work has been published widely across Australia and the world, appearing regularly in the Saturday Paper, the Monthly Online and the Lifted Brow. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.

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!).

Get some extra smarts with your sandwich at our new lunchtime series.


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