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Due to popular demand, we've added this second session with Lee Child. If you booked tickets for our original session, you've been sent an email with the option of a session change or refund.
It’s said that a Jack Reacher novel is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds, making the series’ author, Lee Child, a publishing phenomenon.
Due to popular demand, we've added a second session – and moved this one forward to begin at 6.15pm. All ticket holders have been contacted by email with the option of a session change or refund. Bookings for the second session are now open.
It’s said that a Jack Reacher novel is sold somewhere in the world every nine seconds…
Working with Words: Alistair Baldwin
Alistair Baldwin is a comedian, improviser and writer for The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. He spoke with us about writers as products, the potential for genetic modification to save and/or destroy us all, and writing an advice column using only knowledge of Agatha Christie.
Celebrating Peter Temple
As a nation mired in certain delinquent traditions, you might say that Australians are overachievers in the field of crime writing. Amongst us, though, Peter Temple was one of the very best.
His prose elevated crime fiction to literary significance, too. In addition to winning prestigious crime fiction prizes including five Ned Kelly Awards and the Crime Writers’ Association Duncan…
A Mind for Murder
Please note that this event has been postponed.
What makes somebody a killer – and why are we so fascinated by murder? Forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant has been grappling with both questions throughout his working life.
In Killer Instinct: Having a Mind for Murder, Grant brings his experience to bear on the psychological, criminal, cultural and existential phenomenon of murder…
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Helen Withycombe and Jane Harper
Jane Harper’s debut crime novel, The Dry, was an instant success – selling into 20 countries, winning major awards at the Indie Book Awards and getting optioned by Reese Witherspoon’s production company.
The Dry – set in a drought-stricken farming community in rural Victoria – follows federal police investigator Aaron Falk, who returns to his hometown in the wake of a horrific act involving a childhood friend and his family. Written with expert precision, the intrigue led to a thrilling denouement that left readers gasping.
Thankfully, Aaron Falk is back for Harper’s next mystery. Her second book, Force of Nature, finds the federal agent embroiled in a search for missing bushwalker Alice Russell. But this is far from a straightforward accident or random abduction – Alice was a whistleblower, who had been feeding the feds intel about her employers.
Jane Harper joins Wheeler Centre programme manager Helen Withycombe for a conversation about crime, conspiracy and runaway success.
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Explaining Japanese ‘Good Behaviour'
A report in Slate looks into why there has been so little looting in Japan since the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis. Looting is a common problem in most countries after major disasters, but observers have noted the lack of it in Japan since a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit more than a fortnight ago. Moreover, the Japanese reaction has been typified by a…
The Triumph of Genre
In a Crikey report published earlier this week, Guy Rundle lamented the fall from grace of the Man Booker Prize. Rundle compared the prize’s first jury in 1969, consisting of the standard-bearers of high literary culture, and its current jury, headed by Stella Rimington, a former spy chief who’s gone on to writing spy novels, and comprised in the main of names associated in…
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