First Book Club

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

The KYD First Book Club was established in 2014. Each month we promote a new release debut book of fiction or non-fiction that we’re gunning for everyone to read!

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

May First Book Club: Kay Kerr’s Please Don’t Hug Me

Kill Your Darlings’ First Book Club pick for May is Kay Kerr’s Please Don’t Hug Me (Text Publishing), a funny-serious own-voices story about what happens when you stop trying to be the person other people expect you to be and give yourself a go.

Erin is looking forward to Schoolies, at least she thinks she is. But things are not going to plan. Life is getting messy, and for Erin, who is autistic, that’s a big problem. She’s lost her job at Surf Zone after an incident that clearly was not her fault. Her driving test went badly even though she followed the instructions perfectly. Her boyfriend is not turning out to be the romantic type. And she’s missing her brother, Rudy, who left almost a year ago.

But now that she’s writing letters to him, some things are beginning to make just a tiny bit of sense.

Stay tuned for features on our website and podcast throughout the month!

Coming up in June: Fathoms: the world in the whale by Rebecca Giggs (Scribe Publications).

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