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.

February First Book Club: J.P. Pomare’s Call Me Evie

Kill Your Darlings’ First Book Club pick for February is Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare (Hachette), an incredible literary thriller from an exciting new Australian voice.

Meet Evie, a young woman held captive by a man named Jim in the isolated New Zealand beach town of Maketu. Jim says he’s hiding Evie to protect her, that she did something terrible back home in Melbourne. In a house that creaks against the wind, Evie begins to piece together her fractured memories of the events that led her here. Jim says he’s keeping her safe. Evie’s not sure she can trust Jim, but can she trust her own memories?

Read an extract from Call Me Evie.

Read Ellen Cregan’s review of the novel in our Books Roundup.

Explore J.P. Pomare’s bookshelves and reading habits in this month’s Shelf Reflection; you can also read Pomare’s essay ‘This Is Water’ from KYD Issue 29 here.

Join us for a free in-conversation event at Hill of Content Books on 21 February, to hear author J.P. Pomare discuss the book with First Book Club coordinator Ellen Cregan.

Coming up in March: Sam George-Allen’s Witches: What Women Do Together (Vintage)

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