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.
October First Book Club: Rachel Leary’s Bridget Crack
Our First Book Club pick for October is Rachel Leary’s Bridget Crack (Allen & Unwin). Set in Van Diemen’s Land in 1826, the novel follows desperate convict Bridget Crack, who pushes back against a life of indentured servitude in the ‘Interior’ – a brutally hard life with a cruel master, miles from civilisation.
Escaping into the impenetrable Tasmanian wilderness, she finds Matt Sheedy, a man on the run, who saves her from certain death. Her precarious existence among volatile and murderous bushrangers is a different kind of hell and, surrounded by roaring rivers and towering columns of rock, hunted by soldiers and at the mercy of killers, Bridget finds herself in an impossible situation. In the face of terrible darkness, what will she have to do to survive?
Watch out for more on the novel on our website and podcast throughout October!