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Lily Brett and Kaz Cooke


Most Melburnians know Lily Brett as a literary bestseller, her novels peopled with wisecracking Holocaust survivors obsessed with food and death. But in the swinging sixties, she was a rock journalist who lent false eyelashes to Cher and worked with Molly Meldrum. Her latest novel Lola Bensky spans that world, moving through marriage, motherhood and psychoanalysis. In an intimate evening, Lily trades stories with old friend Kaz Cooke.


Lily Brett

Lily Brett was born in Germany to survivors of the Auschwitz death camp and migrated to Australia with her parents in 1948. She is an internationally acclaimed essayist, poet and novelist – Lola Bensky is her sixth novel. Lily grew up in Melbourne. As a teenager, her ambition was to lose weight. ... Read more

Kaz Cooke

Kaz Cooke is a former reporter and cartoonist turned history detective. She is also the author of the bestselling books Up The Duff, Kidwrangling, Girl Stuff, Girl Stuff 8–12, Women’s Stuff, and the children’s picture books Wanda Linda Goes Berserk and The Terrible Underpants. Her new nov... Read more


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