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Janette Turner Hospital: Morning Tea


Janette Turner Hospital is one of Australia’s most respected authors, with eight novels and four short-story collections to her name. A resident of South Carolina now, she has taught fiction at universities across the world, and her work has won numerous international prizes.

Janette’s latest novel is The Claimant. The story revolves around the real-life case of the search for the heir to the Vanderbilt fortune. In 1996 a court case was launched in New York that drew enormous media attention. Its aim was to establish if the long-presumed dead son of the Vanderbilt family was in fact living incognito as a cattle farmer in Queensland. Exploring the elusive nature of identity, The Claimant is sure to be one of the most talked-about releases of the year.

In an appropriately mid-morning appearance at the Wheeler Centre, Janette Turner Hospital will discuss her new book over morning tea. A great opportunity to share a cuppa with one of the giants of Australian literature.


Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer who has worked as a journalist and broadcaster. Her most recent books are A Letter to Layla: Travels to our Deep Past and Near Future, Bloodhound: Searching For My Father, and By the Book: A Reader’s Guide to Life (all published by Text). She was the editor of two volumes ... Read more

Janette Turner Hospital

Janette Turner Hospital is the author of eight novels and four short story collections, most recently Forecast: Turbulence. Her books have been published in multiple languages. In 2003, she won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the Patrick White Award. For 12 years, she held an endowed ... Read more


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