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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 Peggy Frew won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2010, for her first novel, House of Sticks.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Peggy Frew's first novel, House of Sticks, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer, and was shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing.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 non-fiction writer and cultural critic. Based in Melbourne, her work has been published widely in journals and periodicals across Australia and the world.

She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University and finalising her debut essay collection Terror Australis: Essays on Film and Home. Past roles include theatre critic at the Age, film editor at The Big Issue and long-running film columnist at The Lifted Brow.

Rebecca will be a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia School of the Arts’ Writing Program in New York City in 2021.

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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