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.
July First Book Club: Alice Bishop’s A Constant Hum
Kill Your Darlings’ First Book Club pick for July is Alice Bishop’s A Constant Hum (Text Publishing), a gripping and beautifully written collection that grapples with the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires.
Before the bushfires – before the front of flames comes roaring over the hills – the ridges are thick with gums. After the fires, the birds have gone. There is only grey ash and melted metal, the blackened husks of cars.
And the lost people: in temporary accommodation on the outskirts of the city, on the TV news in borrowed clothes, or remembered in flyers on a cafe wall.
A Constant Hum grapples with the aftermath of disaster with an eye for telling detail. Some of these stories cut to the bone; others are empathetic stories of survival, even hope.
Stay tuned for features on our website and podcast throughout June, and join us at Readings State Library Victoria on 18 July to hear author Alice Bishop discuss the book with First Book Club host Ellen Cregan.
Coming up in August: Nina Kenwood’s It Sounded Better In My Head (Text).