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Liz Ellis


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Former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis has undertaken some pretty serious challenges in her life. She completed a law degree during the height of her career as an elite athlete. She overcame a career-threatening knee injury to lead Australia to World Cup victory.

But her struggle with infertility is among the toughest obstacles she has ever faced. It is also, perhaps, the challenge over which she’s had the least control.

One in six Australian couples in Australia and New Zealand are affected by infertility. Assisted reproduction today is big business … and it’s often bewildering. In Ellis’s new book, If at First You Don’t Conceive, she tells of her own experiences with the emotional minefield of infertility and provides a factual, and sometimes funny, no-nonsense guide to the trials of IVF. The book draws on interviews with experts and couples, exploring the options and obstacles that people living with infertility are likely to face.

Join Ellis for a warm, intimate discussion of a subject that affects so many Australians.

The Sun Bookshop will be our bookseller for this event.


Liz Ellis

Liz Ellis is one of the most respected names in netball, with a remarkable 18-year elite career including two Commonwealth Gold Medals, three World Championships, four National League titles, four Most Valuable Player awards and an Australian record of 122 Test matches played.  In 2018 Liz became a... Read more

Sarah Kanowski

Sarah co-presents Conversations on ABC Radio and podcast. She previously presented Books and Arts on ABC RN and joined the ABC as a producer with Late Night Live. Sarah won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study English at the University of Oxford, where she wrote a thesis on the Mosley family. Sh... Read more


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