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Mark Brandi: Southern Aurora


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Discover a world of literary crime fiction with celebrated author Mark Brandi, as he discusses his much-anticipated fourth novel Southern Aurora for Melbourne City Reads.

About the event

Novelist Mark Brandi worked in the justice system before deciding to devote himself to writing fiction. He has since garnered critical acclaim around the world for his bestselling novels including his debut, Wimmera, which won the coveted British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards.

In his fourth novel, Southern Aurora, Brandi delves into familial relationships in a small town to explore the link between socioeconomics, victimisation and class. For Melbourne City Reads, he joins author Sarah Bailey to share his own journey from Italy to rural Victoria and to discuss Southern Aurora’s complex thematic undercurrents and its story of two brothers growing up with obligations beyond their years.


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About the book

The bookseller for this event is Hill of Content Bookshop.


About Melbourne City Reads

Celebrate local literary culture and the authors who shape it. Rediscover the world through writers’ eyes at monthly events, featuring authors discussing their new books.

The Melbourne City Reads initiative is a collaboration with Melbourne city bookshops Dymocks Collins Street, Hill of ContentMary Martin BookshopPaperback Bookshop, and Readings.

The Melbourne City Reads series is generously supported by George and Rosa Morstyn.

Melbourne City Reads


Mark Brandi

Mark Brandi’s bestselling novel, Wimmera, won the coveted British Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger, and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards Literary Fiction Book of the Year, and the Matt R... Read more

Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey is a Melbourne-based writer with a background in advertising and communications. She has three children and is currently the Managing Director of the Sydney and Melbourne offices of global advertising agency VMLY&R. Her internationally award-winning Gemma Woodstock trilogy includes... Read more


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