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The Opposite of Success: Eleanor Elliott Thomas


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Eleanor Elliott Thomas discusses her debut novel The Opposite of Success, which blithely skewers adult friendships, modern parenthood, and the pitfalls of midlife.

About the Event

Council worker Lorrie Hope has a great partner, two adorable kids and absolutely no idea what to do with her life. Her big work project launches on Friday, and she’s applied for a promotion she’s not sure she wants.

But that’s not a patch on the real mess her best friend Alex is in – and worse – is about to drag her into. As the day veers dangerously off course, Lorrie and Alex must reconsider what they can expect from life, love and middle management.

Introducing The Opposite of Success – a warm, light-hearted novel about female friendships, modern motherhood, and navigating the messiness of mid-life.

At the final Melbourne City Reads event for 2023, recovering lawyer turned full-time writer Eleanor Elliott Thomas joins host Jacinta Parsons to discuss the story behind her debut novel, and a writing career that seems set to be anything but The Opposite of Success.


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About the book

The bookseller for this event is Hill of Content.


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.

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Eleanor Elliott Thomas

Eleanor Elliott Thomas worked for many years as a human rights lawyer before devoting herself to writing full-time. In 2022 she completed the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course taught by Sophie Cunningham and Emily Bitto. The Opposite of Success is her first novel.

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons is a broadcaster, writer and public speaker who currently hosts the Afternoon program on ABC Local Radio Melbourne. She released her debut memoir, Unseen: The Secret Life of Chronic Illness in 2020 and recently released her second book A Question of Age: Women, ageing and the forever... Read more


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