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Garry Disher

Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as thequiet giant of Australian crime fiction, Garry Disher has written over fifty books and is the recipient of many awards, including the 2018 Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award. Among his works are the seven books (and counting) in the popular Peninsula Crimes series, set on the Mornington Peninsula – where Disher himself lives.

What draws him to this darkest of genres? What inspires his tales of gothic secrets lurking beneath the sunny surface of the coastal community? Join Disher over lunch on the Mornington Peninsula at Montalto, as he discusses his extensive career – including his most recent book, Consolation – with host Emma Viskic.

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The bookseller for this event is Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery.

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Portrait of Garry Disher

Garry Disher

Garry Disher has published fifty titles across multiple genres. His last standalone novel, Bitter Wash Road, won the 2016 German Crime Prize, a prize he has previously won twice. He’s also the recipient of two Ned Kelly best crime novel awards and last year he received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award. His latest novel is Consolation.

Portrait of Emma Viskic

Emma Viskic

Emma Viskic’s critically acclaimed Caleb Zelic series has been published world-wide. Resurrection Bay won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and an unprecedented three Davitt Awards. It was shortlisted for the UK’s prestigious Gold Dagger and New Blood Awards and the USA’s Barry Award. And Fire Came Down was winner of the 2018 Davitt Award for Best Novel and Darkness for Light received the 2020 Davitt Reader’s Choice Award.

Books and Ideas at Montalto

You, a good book, a glass of wine, delicious food. Together as you were always meant to be. But with a wonderfully rich extra ingredient: a stimulating conversation with your favourite author.

From March to November, the literary meets the culinary at Books and Ideas at Montalto. Set in a stunning Red Hill winery on the Mornington Peninsula, join some of Australia’s most beloved writers for an intimate discussion about their work – served with excellent food and wine, as a languorous lunchtime tips into a relaxed afternoon.


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