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Geraldine Brooks at Montalto

‘Mark Twain said, fiction must be plausible, truth needn’t be, or words to that effect. And truth is, it’s so much more unlikely. And so everything in this book that seems unlikely, those are the true things.’ – Geraldine Brooks.

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Geraldine Brooks is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist behind works such as March, Year of Wonders and Foreign Correspondence. Her latest release, Horse, is a sweeping narrative that weaves together three encounters with Lexington, the greatest racehorse in US history, to explore the legacy of racism and slavery in America.

Over a warming wintry lunch at Montalto Winery in the Mornington Peninsula, Brooks joined Santilla Chingaipe for a discussion about Horse, what drew her to the story of Lexington, as well as her own illustrious career.

Presented in partnership with Montalto.



This event was recorded on Friday 22 July 2022 at Montalto.

The bookseller for this event was Antipodes Bookshop and Gallery.

Featured music is Tago Mago – DEX 1200.

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