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Carrie Tiffany and Peggy Frew


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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 Peggy Frew won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2010, for her first novel, House of Sticks.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.


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 Guard... Read more

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Peggy Frew’s first novel, House of Sticks, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer, and was shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing.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 shor... Read more

Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a writer and cultural critic from Naarm/Melbourne. Her work has been published widely in journals and periodicals across Australia and the world. Rebecca is currently a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University’s Writing Program in New York City and finalising her PhD i... Read more


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