Double Booked Club

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Sarah Bailey and Mark Brandi

When Double Book Club returns in September, we’ll bring crime to your lunchtime. Well, crime fiction, anyway. 

Mark Brandi’s bestselling debut novel, Wimmerawon the coveted British Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger, and was named Best Debut at the 2018 Australian Indie Book Awards. His new novel, The Rip, is a departure. It’s about a young woman sleeping rough, it’s set in inner-Melbourne and it draws on Brandi’s own experience from working in the criminal justice system.

Sarah Bailey is the author of three riveting crime novels, all starring the young detective sergeant Gemma Woodstock. The first, The Dark Lake (2017) won both the Ned Kelly Award and the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for a debut crime novel. The third novel in the series, Where the Dead Go, was released recently after much anticipation, and sees Gemma investigating a murder in a small coastal town. 

Meet two talented Australian crime writers for a fascinating hour-long conversation, hosted by crime-fiction buff Christian White. Then flee the scene. 

Can’t make it in person? Watch and participate from wherever you are – the event will be live-streamed on this page, and you can sign up for reminders here.


Hill of Content will be our bookseller for this event.


Double Booked Club: Sarah Bailey and Mark Brandi


Portrait of Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey is a Melbourne-based writer with a background in advertising and communications. She has two young children and is currently the Managing Partner of advertising agency VMLY&R in Melbourne. Over the past five years she has written a number of short stories and opinion pieces. Her first novel, the internationally bestselling The Dark Lake, won the Ned Kelly and Davitt Awards and was published by Allen & Unwin in 2017, followed by Into the Night in 2018.

Portrait of Mark Brandi

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 Richell Award for New Writer of the Year. The Rip is his second novel.

Portrait of Christian White

Christian White

Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter whose projects include feature film Relic. The Nowhere Child is his first book and one of Australia’s bestselling debut novels ever. An early draft of this novel won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Since publication The Nowhere Child has been shortlisted for major awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards’ General Fiction Book of the Year and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and the Indie Book Awards’ Debut Fiction Book of the Year.  

How much?

This is a free event. Bookings are essential. For $10, you can add a pre-ordered lunchbox from The Moat. We recommend arriving early to secure your seat. Read our ticketing FAQs here.Book your tickets

Double Booked Club

Need more fiction in your Fridays? Double Booked Club is for you.

For each of these monthly lunchtime sessions, we’ll bring together two great local fiction authors to discuss their work. They'll start with a chat about their latest books, before meandering off into conversation about backlists, shared themes and literary heroes.  

Ahead of each event, ticket bookers will receive some reading material relating to the books in question – and each discussion will be live-streamed for those playing at home (or work!).

Get some extra smarts with your sandwich at our new lunchtime series.


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