First Book Club

Meet tomorrow’s biggest authors today as we shine a spotlight on debut Australian authors.

Established in 2014, the KYD First Book Club partners with local publishers to each month promote a new release debut book of fiction or non-fiction that KYD is gunning for everyone to read!

Through a series of events, online content, podcast coverage and profiles, the KYD First Book Club encourages wide-ranging and long-lasting conversations about these authors and their books both on and off the screen.

April First Book Club: Melissa Ferguson’s The Shining Wall

Kill Your Darlings’ First Book Club pick for April is The Shining Wall by Melissa Ferguson (Transit Lounge), a fiercely feminist exploration of a post-apocalyptic future.

In a ruined world, where wealthy humans push health and longevity to extremes and surround themselves with a shining metal wall, privilege and security is predicated on the services of cloned Neandertals, and the exploitation of women in the shanty towns and wastelands beyond the fortress city. This is the frightening yet moving story of orphaned Alida and her younger sister Graycie, and their struggle for survival in the Demi-Settlements outside the wall. When the sisters are forced to enter the City by very different means they risk being separated forever. Cloned Neandertal officer, Shuqba is exiled to a security outpost in the Demi-Settlements when she fails to adhere to the impossible standards set for her species within the City. Will she offer a lifeline to Alida or betray her?

Stay tuned for features on our website and podcast throughout April, and join us for a free in-conversation event at Readings Carlton on 24 April, to hear author Melissa Ferguson discuss the book with First Book Club coordinator Ellen Cregan.

Coming up in May: Eleanor Gordon-Smith’s Stop Being Reasonable (NewSouth).

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