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.

November First Book Club: Rachael Brown’s Trace

Kill Your Darlings’ First Book Club pick for November is Trace by Rachael Brown (Scribe), a mesmerising look at the investigation behind the hit true crime podcast – one that blew the dust off a 38-year-old cold case, and gave a voice to the forgotten and the abused.

In her exhaustive and exhausting 16-month investigation into the 1980s murder of single mother Maria James, Rachael reviewed initial suspects, found one of her own, and uncovered devastating revelations about a forensic bungle and possible conspiracies that led to calls for the coroner to hold a new inquest. This book is a mesmerising account of that investigation.

Read an extract from Trace here; and join us for a free in-conversation event at Hill of Content Books on 21 November, to hear author Rachael Brown discuss the book, the podcast and the case with First Book Club coordinator Ellen Cregan.


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